Human-recognition smart guns to launch this year ‘to help prevent massacres’

The PERSONALIZED smart gun, which can only be fired by verified users, may finally be available to US consumers this year.

Reuters report Four-year-old LodeStar Works on Friday unveiled the 9mm smart pistol to shareholders and investors in Boise, Idaho.

Smart guns only fire when the owner is determined to pull the trigger


Smart guns only fire when the owner is determined to pull the triggerCredit: Reuters

And a Kansas company, SmartGunz LLC, says law enforcement officers are beta testing their product, a similar but simpler model.

Both companies hope to have commercial products by 2022, according to Reuters.

It comes after two decades of questioning the reliability of smart guns and fears that they will usher in a new wave of government regulation.

LodeStar co-founder Gareth Glaser said he was inspired after hearing so many stories of children being shot while playing with guns unsupervised.

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Smart guns can prevent such tragedies by using technology to authenticate the user’s identity and disable the gun if anyone else tries to shoot it.

They can also reduce suicides, render lost or stolen firearms useless, and provide safety for police officers and prison guards who fear having their guns stolen.

But efforts to develop smart guns have stalled.

For example, the boycott of Smith & Wesson, the product of a German company being hacked, and New Jersey’s law promoting smart guns have sparked outrage among Second Amendment defenders.

The LodeStar gun, aimed at first-time buyers, will retail for $895 (£650).

Test firing of the LodeStar in front of Reuters cameras has not been reported elsewhere.

A range officer fired the weapon, a third-generation prototype, in its various settings without issue.

Glaser acknowledges there will be additional challenges for large-scale production.

However, he expressed confidence that after years of trial and error, the technology was advanced enough and the microelectronics inside the gun were well protected.

“We finally felt like we were about to…let’s go public,” Glaser said. “Were there.”


Most early smart gun prototypes used fingerprint unlocking or radio frequency recognition technology that allowed the gun to fire only when a chip in the gun communicated with another chip worn by the user in the ring or bracelet.

LodeStar integrates both a fingerprint reader and a near-field communication chip activated by a phone app, along with a PIN pad. Guns can be licensed to multiple users.

The fingerprint reader will unlock the gun in microseconds, but since it might not work when wet or in other adverse conditions, the PIN pad is there as a backup.

LodeStar does not demonstrate near-field communications, but it will act as a secondary backup, allowing for the fastest firing of the gun as the user can open the app on their phone.

SmartGunz won’t say which law enforcement agency is testing their weapon, which is secured by radio frequency identification.

Tom Holland, a Kansas Democratic senator who co-founded the company in 2020, said SmartGunz has developed a model that sells for $1,795 to law enforcement and $2,195 to the public. often.

Colorado-based Biofire is developing a smart gun with a fingerprint reader.

Skeptics have argued that smart guns are too risky for someone trying to protect a home or family during a crisis, or for police on the scene.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the arms industry trade association, says it is not opposed to smart guns as long as the government doesn’t mandate their sale.

Lawrence Keane, senior vice president of NSSF.

Firearms coming to market could trigger a 2019 New Jersey law requiring all gun stores in the state to offer smart guns once they become available.

The 2019 law replaced the 2002 law banning the sale of any handgun except smart guns.

“The other side is on their side because they’ve used smart guns to ban everything that isn’t a smart gun,” said Scott Bach, executive director of the New Jersey Association of Rifle & Pistol Clubs. “. “It has awakened gun owners.”

When Smith & Wesson pledged in 1999 to promote smart gun development, among other gun safety measures in an agreement with the US government, the National Rifle Association sponsored a boycott. leads to a decrease in revenue.

In 2014, German company Armatix brought a smart .22-caliber pistol to market, but it was pulled from stores after hackers discovered how to jam the gun’s radio signal remote and use magnets to fire the gun when it should be locked.

The two companies are set to release their first smart guns later this year


The two companies are set to release their first smart guns later this yearCredit: Reuters
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