Despite President Obama’s calls for more “smart gun” research, development, and use, “smart gun” technology still lacks momentum.
In fact, as the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show opens in Las Vegas, not one of the 1,600 exhibitors plan to showcase “smart gun” technology.
According to CNet, there was similar story at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last week. “The sole smart-gun exhibitor at this year’s CES” was Sentinl, and the product they promoted was “Identilock“—a smart trigger lock that is opened and removed via a biometric reader instead of a traditional lock and key.
CNet commented on the dearth of “smart guns” at the SHOT Show and CES, saying:
That’s how far smart guns — which use radio signals or fingerprint scanners to ensure a weapon can be fired only by its owner — are from the mainstream. They’re a no-show at both these major conferences, and they’re apparently not much of a topic of conversation among those who might be most interested.
Obama emphasized “smart gun” technology during his January 5 executive gun control announcement. Three days later, Breitbart News reported that “smart gun” technology has already been tried and rejected in California. Amid customer backlash, the Armatix iP1—an $1,800 “smart gun” chambered in .22 lr—was pulled from the shelves of Oak Tree Gun Club in March 2014 before one could even be sold.
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