A recent news article about a company modifying Glock 17s to be “smart guns” reminded me of quite a few instances where gun owners have tried to ‘cancel’ smart gun technology. Don’t get me wrong, I am strongly opposed to mandatory smart gun laws (prohibiting all civilian ownership of dumb guns) but I am not opposed to the technology. I use biometric readers to access my law office and my cell phone, and have for many years. All that experience shows me that the technology is not reliable enough to be employed on a lifesaving device which must be as close to 100% reliable as humanly possible.
Am I about to purchase a smart gun from LodeStar? Not a chance. Do I want to see them develop and stress test this technology? Absolutely. When the tech is nearly as reliable as my dumb guns will I purchase a smart gun? Probably yes. There are definite safety advantages of a smart gun. Once the positives outweigh the negatives, consider me a potential client.
The point of this article is to encourage responsible gun owners to oppose mandatory smart gun legislation and to encourage smart gun development.