A law that injects technology into the gun debate has lain dormant for more than 10 years. Now it may be about to wake up, says the Wall Street Journal. In 2002, New Jersey passed a law saying that once technology is available to prevent a gun from being used by an unauthorized person, only that type of handgun may be sold in the state. Now, a German company, Armatix GmbH, is close to putting the first such “personalized” handgun on U.S. shelves.
The model, called the iP1 Pistol, can be set up to fire only when its owner is wearing a special watch that communicates with the gun. The New Jersey law, the only one of its kind in the U.S., mandates that within three years from the date such a gun becomes available in any state, all handguns sold in New Jersey must include technology to limit their use to specific people. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives approved the weapon for importation into the U.S. in 2011, and earlier this year California, which has some of the nation’s strictest gun laws, approved the sale of the gun.