Smart guns are technologically advanced weapons that can only be fired by their owners. They are designed to recognize fingerprints or specific handgrips and can also interact wirelessly, unlocking if the owner wears something like a special ring or watch. However, there are doubts about the high cost of the technology as well as its accuracy and reliability. Gun manufacturers, dealers, and enthusiasts have also raised concerns that such technology is a gateway to further gun control.
Smart guns are not readily available in stores even though the technology has been around for many years. This is due in part to the concerns listed above, but is also as a result of a 2002 New Jersey law that makes it illegal to sell any other gun once smart guns are available for purchase. Lawmakers are now working to repeal this law.
New Jersey State Senator Loretta Weinberg will ask the state legislature to replace the current law with one that requires at least one smart gun to be offered for sale everywhere guns are sold. The new requirement would need to be met within three years of the time when reliable smart gun models are first available commercially. Supporters of the bill say the new legislation is intended to offer buyers an alternative without preventing them from buying traditional products. Weinberg hopes to get the old law repealed by January 2016.
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