So-called “smart guns” are already beginning to be used in states, such as California. In a recent report about a subcommittee meeting earlier this month, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Department of Justice will be exploring gun tracking bracelet technologies.
Similar to the RFID watch that works with the Armatix iP1 pistol, Holder shared the idea he’d like to pursue further: possibly via fingerprints or other scanning to verify ownership, these gun tracking bracelets, or other wearable accessory, these “gun safety” devices could be designed to communicate with the firearm to only allow the gun’s legal owner to shoot it.
According to the report, in order to accommodate this research direction, and other efforts to “make guns safer,” the Department of Justice has called for an additional $382.1 million to invest into “gun safety” research and development.
If Holder’s intended goal is to reduce violent crime committed with firearms, could these gun tracking bracelets be a viable safety option? If not, what would a better alternative in which to invest to more effectively reduce violent crime committed with guns?
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H/T to Elizabeth Harrington of Washington Free Beacon.