Smart Guns Developed in NJ, Facing Blocks in the Market

Smart guns may decrease gun violence by stopping unauthorized people from firing guns.

Smart guns won't fire unless the person holding the gun meets certain biometrics such as fingerprints or eye scans, making them childproof and possibly preventing violence. 

Researchers are developing one such gun at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. They are not on the market yet, but they may soon be -- with a price tag of about $1800. 

Anthony Collandro, owner of the North Jersey company Guns for Hire, thinks that high price might have racial implications. 

"Anything that is going to add to the price tag, electronics designed engineering makes it cost prohibitive, is definitely going to impact minority firearm owners,” Colandro told My9NJ.

Other market challenges include the Childproof Handgun Law of 2002 states that once personalized handguns are available anywhere in the country, only these smart guns will be for sale within 30 months, or two and a half years. 

While State Senator Loretta Weinberg supported the bill while it was being passed, she's become aware that gun manufacturers are scared to kick off a handgun ban in New Jersey by putting a smart gun on the market.  

"That's the exact opposite of what we really intended to do," Weinberg told NPR. "If I'm willing to say, well, maybe we made a mistake here we need to remove this -- then I would expect that those who think we made a mistake will join in." 

Mel Sharples July 22, 2014 at 10:47 AM
Both sell fear, because that's the ONLY thing that the low-info electorate responds to. Lazy Americans would rather watch Judge Judy than vote their own self interest or educate themselves on topics. It's either "they're a-comin' for your guns" or "they're a-comin' for your social security check.
William July 22, 2014 at 12:25 PM
Does the Name MEl equate to Melvin. That would explain you. and your judgement of Looking down at people you feel you are above, Sorry if we do not fit you expectations, I and Many i know have been around GUNS all our Lives and do not fit your description, I and many in the group are Professional Shooters that do a Fair amount of Travel with those Guns, And do not see your descriptions or opinions expressed, One Only has to look at History to see where Guns were removed and Government controls took over The United States OF America is Very Young compared to many of them, That are in Turmoil while we have not come close to That Yet. Guns are a very last part of our Freedoms that have not been taken away YET. One of The Biggest we Lost is Freedom of Choice, The freedoms you think we have are only allowed, So Please take your Sanctimonious Pompous way of thinking back to cave.
Mel Sharples July 22, 2014 at 01:36 PM
And now...the straw man argument from William. Where did I say I wanted to take away your guns? I could not possibly care less about your guns. Read my posts, I just ask that gun owners act like responsible adults with the guns they do have. Sorry you feel threatened by a call for personal responsibility. As for investing in these types of guns, I'll consider it. People like you told me not enough people would ever use Apple to make it profitable. I disagreed, I made money off it. That simple. You cry over a non-existent threat to your guns, yet say nothing when your government sets up a national surveillance state that reads your emails and listens to your calls. That never bothered anyone. Because Freedom. You have guns, yet you sat on your rear end while the government used 9/11 to take away countless freedoms. Every freedom that Americans have "lost" has been at the behest of the American people. Americans can't wait to give them away. As long as they can keep their flat screen TV's, guns, government checks, ponies, unicorns, what have you.
Mel Sharples July 22, 2014 at 01:37 PM
Oh, and the BS argument about Nazis taking way guns so they could "take over"? Are you repeating that lie as well? Laughable, if it weren't so sad.


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