NJ Researchers Offer Update on ‘Smart Gun’ Technology


New Jersey researchers on Tuesday unveiled their work so far on developing a childproof “smart gun,” intended to revolutionize gun safety, reports the New York Times.

Engineers and scientists at the state Institute of Technology said they were about two years away from perfecting their “dynamic grip technology,” a newly developed method that electronically stores and recognizes the grip pattern and pressure of a gun’s owner and prevents the gun from being fired by anyone else.

The technology, on view at a news conference on Tuesday, grows out of scientists’ belief that grip and pressure patterns are unique to individuals and do not vary under conditions of stress.

New Jersey took the lead in gun control and regulation legislation in 2002 when it became the first state to approve a requirement that all guns sold in the state be childproof “smart guns” three years after perfection of the technology.

Opponents of New Jersey’s law continue to suspect that such measures are barriers to gun ownership and are riddled with mechanical flaws that make them unreliable and dangerous to gun owners.

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/07/nyregion/07GUN.html?pagewanted=all

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