Only the guns’ owners would be able to fire them, but gun groups and others have resisted this until now.
Mike Bazinet, a spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which represents gun manufacturers, said questions remain about whether the technology has been improved enough to assure police officers and civilians a personalized weapon would fire when they need protection. But there are also concerns “about individual consumers’ ability to choose the firearm that they think is best for them,” Bazinet said.
But gun makers and owners have not been the only critics. Activists from the Violence Policy Center, an outspoken gun control group, also spoke against personalized weapons.
“If a smart gun did exist what would its effect be, taking into consideration the nature of gun violence in this country?” said Josh Sugarmann, the group’s executive director. “Would you place families at risk or people at risk by giving this impression that this is a safe gun? You know, people who wouldn’t normally buy a gun, would they buy one now?”