Candidate for MA Attorney General Says He Will Use Executive Order to Require Smart Guns if Elected

December 18 2013
by GSL Staff
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Well, things just escalated quickly in Massachusetts.

Warren Tolman, a former state senator and a current candidate for Attorney General of Massachusetts has basically said he will use the Massachusetts equivalent of an executive order to require that all guns sold in the state incorporate finger print scanning technology that would make the gun usable by only its owner (aka “smart guns”).

According to,

Fingerprint-locked guns, also called smart guns, are already available. Mr. Tolman argued that the attorney general could issue regulations allowed under existing law to require new guns sold in the state to have the safety devices, without requiring any action by the Legislature or changing state law.

“Just as your fingerprint can be used to unlock your iPhone, fingerprint technology can be used to ensure only the rightful owner is able to fire a gun,” Mr. Tolman said in a statement proposing a change in law to mandate the locks. “This would help take the guns out of the hands of criminals who steal them. It would protect us from the tragedy of children and teens who accidentally or by choice are killed by guns left unsecured in the home.”

Smart gun technology is widely opposed by gun owners. Guns are already subject to mechanical failure, magazine malfunctions and ammunition problems (duds, double charges, etc). Most people see introducing an electronic component as introducing another point of failure into an already sensitive mechanical system.

Boston Magazine further clarifies what Tolman wants to do,

“It’s time we use the power of [the] law to protect the health and safety of our citizens to do what Congress can’t—require gun manufacturers to utilize existing personalized gun technology for all new weapons sold in the Commonwealth,” Tolman said in a statement.

Under his proposal, Tolman said he could leverage existing laws, using Chapter 93A, the consumer protection statute, in order to regulate firearms with the new technology.

Tolman even wants to mandate that police use “smart guns” in the line of duty. He seems to think it will save lives.

Also from the Telegram,

Moreover, Mr. Tolman said, the mechanisms would also save lives of police. He said 17 percent of police who die on duty are killed by criminals who get control of the officer’s gun.

Wait, cops working in the Northeast in winter never wear gloves do they?!

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