|Smart gun: A 9-mm semi-automatic handgun
configured with transducers to its handle
that can detect the grasp of an authorized user
At first blush, they seem like weapons straight from a James Bond film – weapons that are personalized with technology that keeps them from firing if ever they get into the wrong hands.
And the idea of so-called ‘personalized smart guns’ has been kicked around for years but has been slowed by intense suspicion, doubts about feasibility, and pressure tactics.
Now proponents of so-called personalized or smart guns are hoping the nation's renewed attention on firearms following the Newtown school massacre will kick start research and sale of safer weapons.
But despite the Obama administration's promise to 'encourage the development of innovative gun safety technology,' advocates have good reason to be wary.