The Police Say “Slow Down” With Smart Gun Technology
Obama Encourages Idea of “Smart Guns”
The president of the United States is frustrated with Congress, and he is bound and determined to go around them again and jump-start his smart guns technology as part of his gun control measures.
On Friday, the president wrote on his Facebook page that as long as we’ve got the technology to prevent a criminal from stealing and using your smart phone, then we should be able to prevent the wrong person from pulling a trigger on a gun.
The president is pushing forward with his idea of “smart guns.” The idea behind the smart gun technology is to limit the use of firearms to its owner through personalized identifiers like a bio-metric sensor on the gun grip, a ring sensor worn by the owner, or a digital pass code entered on a wristband.
The president wants to make it cheaper for gun manufactures to bring smart guns to the market and by using the federal government’s enormous purchasing power to encourage development.
To that end, the justice and homeland security departments will develop criteria for gun manufacturers that want to sell smart guns to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
The administration will also offer millions more in cash awards, bonuses and grants to gun manufacturers to encourage development of the technology.
The police associations across the country have told Mr. Obama that they do not want to be the guinea pigs when it comes to proposed smart guns.
James A. Pasco Jr., Executive Director of the National Fraternal Order of Police, which has more than 330, 000 members, says, “We do not want unproven technology to be tried out on our law enforcement officers.”
According to Pasco, they have been talking about smart guns for 25 years and they need to realize that police officers need their weapon to work when they are in the line of fire. He added, “We don’t want people going helter-skelter to embrace the latest shiny object.”
The National Rifle Association has said the push for smart gun technologies are unwarranted “distractions” by an administration intent on imposing more restrictions on gun ownership.
The NRA went on to say that, “President Obama’s obsession with gun control knows no bounds.”
The justice and homeland securities departments said they expect to complete the work of identifying the smart guns requirements for manufactures by October.