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Obama administration puts out call for ‘smart-gun’ technology

Obama administration puts out call for ‘smart-gun’ technology

Postby smix » Fri Apr 29, 2016 5:39 pm

Obama administration puts out call for ‘smart-gun’ technology
Washington Times

URL: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/201 ... echnology/
Category: Politics
Published: April 29, 2016

Description: The Justice Department put out a call Friday for demonstrations of “smart-gun” technology, part of President Obama’s executive actions pushing for more gun regulation. In a notice published in the Federal Register, the National Institute of Justice announced it is seeking “an objective demonstration of the reliability of firearms available today with advanced gun safety technology integrated into the firearm.” Prize money of up to $150,000 will be awarded to the most promising entries, with testing planned later with live ammunition. "Smart-gun” technology remodels firearms so they can only be fired by authorized users. Mr. Obama ordered a multi-agency review of the technology on Jan. 4 as part of his executive action on guns. Law enforcement officials are wary of the administration’s plans, fearing that police on the front lines will become part of a grand experiment on whether the technology is reliable. Senior presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett said the technology eventually will help prevent tragedies. “A significant number of gun deaths occur every year because someone other than the gun’s owner was handling it — whether it’s a child who finds a gun at home and shoots it accidentally, or the criminals who obtain stolen or trafficked firearms,” she said in a blog post. “The president took action to boost the development of smart gun and gun safety technology that can prevent these deaths from happening.” As part of the administration’s strategy, the departments of Justice and Homeland Security have started a process to define, for the first time, the requirements that manufacturers would need “to meet for federal, state, and municipal law enforcement agencies to consider purchasing firearms with enhanced safety technology.” That process is to be completed by October. The Pentagon will help manufacturers test “smart” firearms at the U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center in Maryland. The Justice Department said state and local governments could apply for federal grants to the purchase of new firearms, including those equipped with “smart” technology. “Together, these actions have the potential to jump-start the development of proven gun safety technologies that can save lives and preserve the effectiveness of our firearms,” Ms. Jarrett said. “There is no problem that America’s innovators cannot solve, and we are confident that by focusing the private sector’s attention on smart gun technology, we will unlock life-saving innovations.”
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Obama Puts His Weight Behind Smart Gun Technology

Postby smix » Fri Apr 29, 2016 6:28 pm

Obama Puts His Weight Behind Smart Gun Technology
The New York Times

URL: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/30/us/po ... ology.html
Category: Politics
Published: April 29, 2016

Description: WASHINGTON — President Obama will use the power of his office to push for adoption of so-called smart gun technology that could eventually limit the use of a firearm to its owner, the White House announced Friday morning. The move is intended to allow Mr. Obama to confront firearms violence in the face of fierce opposition to broader gun control measures. But critics of smart gun technology, including some police officials, are expected to fight a proposal that they see as unproven and an unwarranted restriction on the freedom to use firearms. The initiative was unveiled on the White House website, along with a report from the administration’s law enforcement agencies concluding that the government should do more to spur development of the technologies. To that end, the Defense and Justice Departments will develop criteria for gun manufacturers who want to sell smart guns to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The administration will also offer cash prizes and grants to gun manufacturers to spur development of the technology, which is intended to make a gun useless if someone other than the owner tries to fire it. In a post on his Facebook page, Mr. Obama wrote that “as long as we’ve got the technology to prevent a criminal from stealing and using your smartphone, then we should be able to prevent the wrong person from pulling a trigger on a gun.” Mr. Obama has been frustrated in his efforts to enact broad gun control measures after mass shootings and a spike in shooting deaths in some major American cities. In 2013, he failed to convince Congress to pass a universal background check requirement after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. But in January, Mr. Obama announced a series of executive actions that expanded background checks for some gun purchases, while improving the tracking of stolen weapons and the reporting of mental health information. On Friday, Mr. Obama also announced a new federal rule designed to make sure that federal mental health records are included in the background check system. The rule, which is subject to public comment and hearings, would ensure that the Social Security Administration provide information about mental health issues to the background check system, to prevent mentally ill people from being able to buy a gun. “As long as I’m your president, I will do everything in my power to make our communities safer and keep guns out of the wrong hands,” Mr. Obama wrote in the Facebook post.
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