TrackingPoint Founder Filed For Patent to Disable Guns in Schools and Other “Gun-Free” Zones
TrackingPoint has made quite a splash in the gun market for their affinity for combining technology and firearms to create their line of can’t miss rifles.
However, it seems that TrackingPoint’s Founder and Chairman, John McHale, also applied for a patent on an interesting piece of technology to disable smart-guns within school zones and other gun free zones such as government buildings.
Here is some info from the patent application,
The present disclosure is generally related to small arms firearms, and more particularly to location-based control of discharge of such firearms.
In recent years, individuals have used firearms to kill or wound multiple victims in school environments, in movie theaters, and so on. Government agencies have established “gun free” zones prohibiting possession of a firearm within pre-defined areas, such as within a school zone or within government buildings. Additionally, some private companies have established “gun free” zones with respect to their business establishments. While such pre-defined areas may prevent lawful gun owners from carrying their weapons in such areas, a criminal may ignore such restrictions, carrying weapons into such zones…
…Controller 114 may include a memory configured to store a database of gun-restricted zones. Alternatively, controller 114 may retrieve gun-restricted zone information from computing device 118 or from a data source coupled to network … Controller 114 may retrieve gun-restricted zone information on startup or periodically…
…In general, the gun-restricted zone information may be maintained in a database. In one example, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms may maintain such a database and make the database accessible for searching. In another example, the database may maintain a list of school and government building locations and the controller may automatically calculate a distance from the perimeters of such structures to determine a gun-free or gun-restricted zone based on gun laws or other restrictions.”
The elephant in the room of course is that in order for such a system to work, all traditional guns would have to cease to exist and be replaced exclusively with smart guns.
It’s entirely possible McHale applied for this patent so that no one else could attempt to patent a method of disabling his rifles, who knows, but it’s certainly interesting.
H/T Steve Johnson at The Firearm Blog