Smart Gun To Be Marketed to US Law Enforcement Market After Consumer Market Backlash
The backlash against the Armatix iP1 smart gun has been swift and harsh in the US consumer market. The incredibly expensive .22LR pistol will only fire if the user is wearing a special wireless watch which is sold separately.
Opponents of the gun fear that the technology could become mandatory and also oppose introducing additional points of failure into firearms, which are already prone to malfunctions under the right conditions.
Now, it seems that the controversial pistols might be marketed to law enforcement agencies. We’re assuming that the caliber would have to be bumped up from a .22 to at least a 9mm or higher to appeal to US based law enforcement agencies. The idea is that the technology would prevent a cop’s gun from being used against him.
According to the Washington Post,
The Metro Industrial Areas Foundation, a group pushing manufacturers for better gun safety, recently met with Mauch in Germany and hope to bring him to the United States to persuade police chiefs to buy his company’s guns. The idea: If the technology is good enough for police officers, it should be good enough for consumers. Armatix is developing a 9mm smart gun targeted at the law enforcement market. The company hopes to offer other controls besides a watch, including a version that responds to voices.
“The idea of a smart-gun maker who has lots of experience making guns is intriguing because he’s not just some fly-by-night guy trying to do this,” said Rabbi Joel Mosbacher, a member of the group that met with Mauch. “Law enforcement officials have been quietly saying that if he comes over, they’d be willing to meet with him.”
Mauch hopes to meet with U.S. police officials in September. Under no circumstances, he said, will he back away from the technology, even though he acknowledges the backlash has sometimes led him to ponder quitting. “You are responsible for all the lives you could save,” his wife tells him.
What do you think? Any law enforcement readers out there interested in carrying this thing?