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5 Things You Need to Know About Smart Guns

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.

Picture of the new smart gun that runs on batteries, with bullets.

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.

Gun Accidents in Florida Double the National Average

According to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration and the Florida Department of Health, 4 out of every 10 people who are rushed to a Florida hospital or emergency room with a nonfatal wound were shot by accident. It’s not armed robbers or gangs who send the largest percentage of gunshot survivors to emergency rooms in Florida – its people who accidentally shoot themselves or someone else.

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What makes this so important is that this problem is far bigger than it is anywhere else in the United States. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Florida gun accidents have been double the national average for the past three years. In the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, gun control has received a massive amount of attention, as 20 first-graders and six adults were killed by a single gunman. It’s important to understand that gunshots actually hurt more people every year than they kill.

According to a recent article and the AHCA, Florida hospitals and emergency rooms last year chalked up more than $57 million in charges for accidental-gunshot survivors, according to AHCA. The average accidental-gunshot patient admitted to a hospital required $85,024 in care, according to the agency, and half of that was borne by government providers such as Medicare and Medicaid.

Many cases include minors who illegally carry guns, violating the state’s ban on minors possessing a gun. While it’s not clear how many households in Florida have guns, it is a fact that offers are finding and seizing a large amount of stolen guns from Florida homes. In order to reduce access to loaded firearms, Florida officials urge families to store firearms safely in secure gun safes.

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