The Bloomberg article references a study by Johns Hopkins University. What the article doesn’t say is that the study was done by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Yup. the same Bloomberg. This is also the same Bloomberg that bankrolls Everytown for Gun Safety and spends millions of dollars every year promoting gun control.
The article is — how shall I put this? — garbage. Oscar Meyer doesn’t produce as much baloney as is contained in this article. There may have been just a little, tiny bit of bias in it, too.
The article did graciously mention that there are some technical challenges and errors could be fatal. But rather than admitting that these “challenges” are both easily predicted and impossible to overcome, even with today’s technology, the article appears to dismiss them as trivial.
There are 64,417 licensed gun dealers in the United States. Virtually none of them ever followed Andy Raymond’s lead. Heck, the German police don’t use the Armatix pistol, which tells you all you need to know about the state of the art.
Smith & Wesson’s agreement with the Justice Department was over a variety of issues, most having to do with a couple of states trying to bankrupt the company by burying it in lawsuits. That agreement was one of the driving forces behind the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act of 2004. The thing that really caused the gun owner backlash was S&W’s agreement to install key locks on its handguns.
To judge the merits of this article, and smart gun technology today, consider this: New Jersey passed the New Jersey Childproof Handgun Law in 2002; neither the New Jersey State Police nor any municipal department in the Garden State has given serious consideration to adopting any smart gun design presented so far.
If they don’t want smart guns on their hips, they shouldn’t be on your hip, either. Or in your safe or anywhere else.
Incidentally, New Jersey isn’t the only state to try to legislate firearm technology. California enacted its idiotic micro-stamping law despite the fact that it is literally impossible to do what the state wants. A California court upheld the law, saying it was perfectly okay for the California Assembly to enact laws with which it was impossible to comply.
And people wonder why we think Californians are more than just a little bit crazy when it comes to firearms.