NJ Democrat Uses “Smart Gun” Law to Force Change on NRA’s Position
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A New Jersey Democratic lawmaker is playing hardball. New Jersey Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg said in a MSNBC interview that she would consider introducing legislation that would repeal the state’s “smart gun” law if the NRA would agree to not stand in the way of smart gun technology.
A bill was signed into law in New Jersey in 2002 that says,
It is within the public interest, and vital to the safety of our families and children, for New Jersey to take the bold and innovative step of fostering the development of personalized handguns by firearms manufacturers. To accomplish this objective, the Legislature determines that it should enact legislation designed to further enhance firearms safety by requiring that, within a specified period of time after the date on which these new personalized handguns are deemed to be available for retail sales purposes, no other type of handgun shall be sold or offered for sale by any registered or licensed firearms dealer in this State.
Basically, as soon as a viable smart gun is for sale anywhere in the country, New Jersey will only allow smart guns to be sold in the state within three years from the start of the sale of smart guns.
Of course, the smart gun requirement does not apply to police officers or state agencies. Go figure.
This discussion was brought on by the fact that a Maryland gun dealer recently decided to sell the first commercially available smart gun in the US, the Armatix iP1. However, after backlash from the gun community and finding out that his decision could lead to a gun ban in New Jersey, the shop owner decided against carrying the pistol.
The problem with smart guns isn’t the idea of the guns existing themselves. This is a free country with an open market after all.
My main issue with these guns is that it creates a false sense of security. The best way to be safe with a firearm is to understand the function of said firearm as well as having a thorough understanding of the proper rules for gun safety. These so called smart guns will make people think they can disregard classic gun safety principles because the technology will handle it.
Of course, there are also numerous reliability concerns with smart guns. Firearms are already not 100% reliable. Introducing electronics into the mix is only going to add another point of failure, and a tap-rack-bang procedure is unlikely to fix a fried circuit board or dead battery.
Other people also worry that smart guns could be rendered useless by innovative hackers or even the government under certain circumstances.