Americans Still View Smart Guns as Dumb Option

By AWR Hawkins

Armatix iP1 smart gun
Armatix iP1 smart gun
AmmoLand Gun News
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Washington DC – -(  After Maryland's Engage Armament announced the sale of the Armatix iP1 smart gun on May 1 2014 only to rescind the decision on May 2 2014 due to the public outcry.

It was clear Americans still view smart guns as a dumb option for preserving life and liberty.

California's Oak Tree Gun Club faced the same public outcry and reversed course after they announced plans to sell smart guns as well.

Smart guns are viewed as a dumb option for protecting life because the operating systems for such guns actually limits their usefulness in this area. And these limitations raise questions that remain unanswered.

For example, what happens when a gun programmed to fire only in the hand of a certain father cannot be fired by his wife or 17-year-old son in the event that a home invader gets in the house and kills the father before he can react?

Or in the usage of smart guns where the gun fires only when in close proximity to a watch or bracelet, what happens when a thief steals the smart gun and the bracelet? Or the smart gun and the watch?

As National Shooting Sports Foundation's Lawrence Keane points out, if Adam Lanza's mom had had a watch to make her guns operable  “[Adam Lanza] presumably would have had access to that.” So instead of simply carrying out his heinous acts with a gun in his hand he would have a had a smart watch on his wrist as well.

Smart guns are viewed as a dumb option for protecting liberty because they play into the hands of anti-gun advocates.

As was reported on May 2, there is already a 2002 law on the books in New Jersey that makes it clear that once a viable smart gun is available for retail sale then smart guns are all that will be legal in New Jersey. The law says: “No other type of handgun shall be sold or offered for sale by any registered or licensed firearm dealer in this State.”

In other words, once smart guns on are the market New Jersey citizens will be forced to buy only those.

Being forced to buy a gun that will not fire a life-saving round unless you are wearing the right watch just seems antithetical to liberty.

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  • 7 thoughts on “Americans Still View Smart Guns as Dumb Option

    1. So, with a “smart gun”, you not only have to find your gun immediately when you wake up from a dead sleep with a criminal in your home but, now you also have to find this watch. Heaven forbid you took it off and left it on the kitchen counter before you went to bed. You now have a gun that won’t shoot and the criminal is between you and the watch. Simply BRILLIANT!

    2. What happens when the components on the smart parts degrade or leak after 10 or so years?

      The firearm is useless? Can it be hacked like an phone or tablet?

    3. When govt forces stuff on us it don’t always work out as planned.

      Automatic seat belts received a boost in the United States in 1977 when Brock Adams, United States Secretary of Transportation in the Carter Administration, mandated that by 1983 every new car should have either airbags or automatic seat belts despite strong lobbying from the auto industry.

    4. Doesn’t anyone get it, the gun grabbers want this because this will give the criminal a much better chance against you in defending yourself. While you fumble and bumble the criminal unloads on you with a reliable weapon. This is not gun control for the criminal, it is gun control for you!!!

    5. I don’t believe everyone sees the so called “smart-gun” as a dumb idea, the technology is just not there yet. Maybe in 10 or 20 years, who knows maybe sooner, but it’s never going to happen if legislators keep trying to force feed it to the public. Here’s a novel idea, let the free-market and the consumer decide the fate of this technology.

      I know, I know, the other side is going to bring up safety belts in automobiles, and yes, wearing a seat belt is mandatory, but only became mandatory well after it was in general use, and consumers wouldn’t buy a car without one. Also the seat belt wasn’t invented in the congressional halls, it was invented because of consumer demand for safety, and manufactures then competed for business, advertising who’s car was the safest (remember the automatic seatbelt? Also not invented in congress). I know Al Gore invented the internet, but he didn’t demand everyone own a computer.

    6. How can this boondoggle fail?
      Let me count the ways:


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