Will “smart gun technology” increase gun safety?

Gun safety advocates say the technology is promising

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Obama administration wants to design childproof weapons. So-called “smart guns” utilize fingerprint recognition, or wireless signals, to ensure they can only be used by an authorized owner.

One prototype only allows a gun to fire if the owner is wearing a watch with an electronic recognition chip.

Sam Whitney of Amherst told 22News, “Unless it’s like completely infallible, where it’s like, “Oh no, I need to use my weapon,” but then there’s an error. Or, “I’m sorry your finger is too gummed up,” or something, and it can’t read, that’s not really good.”

Gun safety advocates say the technology is promising, but needs more research to ensure it actually works.

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