Texas Senator John Cornyn Sends Letter to Eric Holder Demanding Answers About Smart Guns

April 17 2014
by GSL Staff
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Screen Shot 2014-04-17 at 12.46.43 PMEarlier this month it was reported that US Attorney General Eric Holder was seeking millions of dollars for the Department of Justice to research smart gun technology, including biometric technology that only lets the owner of a firearm operate it.

Texas Senator John Cornyn is now sending Holder a public letter requesting more information and assurances that the Attorney General is not seeking to make smart gun technology mandatory.

Here is the excerpt from the senator’s website.

HOUSTON—U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding answers about the Department of Justice’s exploration of “smart gun” technology. Earlier this month, the Attorney General testified before the House of Representatives that DOJ is looking into new technologies that could raise constitutional concerns, including requiring firearms to contain biometric equipment that could store or transmit the personal identifying information of American citizens.

“Your testimony has raised serious concerns for my constituents given President Obama’s track-record of acting beyond the scope of his legal authority and your hostility to the individual right to self-defense under the Second Amendment.

“Will you assure my constituents and me that, under your supervision, the Department of Justice will not issue regulations requiring law-abiding citizens to equip their firearms with fingerprint-reading technology, or to link them to biometric bracelets?”

You can download the letter in its entirety here.

Gun owners and gun rights groups have been vehemently opposed to smart gun technology due to numerous concerns. The reliability of adding an electronic system has been questioned as well as the security of these devices in an age where seemingly nothing is safe from hackers.

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