By now you’ve probably heard of the newest sensation in the world of guns: smart guns.
Smart guns, also known as “authorized user recognition” guns are designed to be a safer alternative to the traditional gun and to prevent unauthorized personnel from using them. This is done through the use of computerized technology similar to the technology your smart phone uses.
Smart guns have been in the news a lot lately. It seems as though people either fully endorse the concept of smart guns or are adamantly against them. Regardless of which side of the smart gun debate you are on, here are the 5 most important things you need to know about them.
#1: Smart Guns Will Not be Prone to Failure
Yes, they are designed to be safer. The goal of a smart gun is to prevent unauthorized users from getting a hold of it. However, it still involves the use of technology and technology can and will fail from time to time. Have you ever experienced an issue with your smart phone such as delayed start, freezing, or inability to turn it off? A smart gun is no different and no less prone to these kinds of incidents. This is why you should never ever leave your ammunition inside of it when it is not in use. Also, be sure to keep it away from children at all times. It is recommended to store it in the safest gun safe you can buy to ensure it remains secure at all times when not in use.
#2: In Some States, Smart Guns May Soon Be The Only Legal Guns
While smart gun technology is still fairly new many states are already beginning to develop laws surrounding this new form of technology. New Jersey is one of the first states working to legislate laws that forbid the sale of conventional firearms once the smart guns hit the market. Many are urging Washington to follow through with New Jersey’s plans and mandate bills on a national basis. If you’re a fan of firearms, now would be a good time to become familiar with smart guns and learn to like them. Soon they may be all you can legally own.
#3: Smart Guns Will Run on Batteries
Whereas conventional guns run solely on ammunition, smart guns will require both ammunition and batteries. A smart gun is not your average gun. Rather, it’s a gun powered by a computer that requires energy to run. The batteries will provide it with the energy it needs. This is perhaps one of the reasons why the sale of smart guns is being delayed. Manufacturers must develop an efficient method for alerting smart gun owners of low batteries and reminding them to recharge or replace the batteries. Ideally, a smart gun owner should have an extra battery that is fully charged in case of emergency.
#4: They May Require You to Wear a Special Device
There are many different concepts for smart guns floating around, but one of the most common concepts will require its users to wear a special device such as a watch. The gun will only go off if is within range of the watch or other device. This is just one way that smart gun manufacturers are working to ensure maximum safety.
#5: Possibly More Dangerous than Conventional Guns
Sure, the goal is to create a safer gun and making it inaccessible to unauthorized users will definitely help. However, they use computerized technologies meaning they will be susceptible to hacking. No matter how secured your computerized device is there’s always the rare chance that someone will know how to break the code. Criminals may also be able to break into police weapons and use them against authority which could result in a very dangerous incident.
Conventional guns are still the firearms of choice for most gun owners as smart guns are not yet widely available (California has begun to sell them in February, but most other states have not started selling them yet). However, it is expected that smart guns will become more widely available in the near future and easier to obtain than a conventional gun. For these reasons gun enthusiasts must remain educated and aware of what smart guns are, how they work, and any laws that are created in regards to them.