CAPE CORAL, Fla. – Gareth Glaser believes the technology his company is developing could be the key to preventing the next mass shooting.
“I just believe it Yes going to happen,” Glaser said when asked about bringing their product to market.
That’s because he’s adamant that it could save lives one day. Glaser is the CEO of the Pennsylvania headquarters LodeStar Worksare testing their personalized firearm prototypes – often referred to as “smart guns”.
“[Guns are] probably the least digital of any product that you and I use every day,” Glaser said in a Zoom interview. “My coffee maker has more technology than my handgun.”
During the interview, Glaser, holding one of the prototypes, explains how to unlock the gun using a fingerprint reader, a passcode on the stock, or a smartphone app.
“If people aren’t allowed to use guns, they can’t shoot. It was locked,” he explained.
The company tested one of its prototypes last month in Idaho. Glaser believes it will help reduce gun crime, mass shootings and even gun accidents involving children.
“What good does this do to someone who stole it from my car?” Glaser said while holding a prototype. “Nothing, not good. It won’t shoot. ”
“It’s a good solution, let’s say, your kids participate in it. Or someone robbed your house,” says Joshua Araujo, manager of Guns 4 Less in Cape Coral. “But there is a dilemma after the fact of improper use, or no training at all.”
Araujo also wondered if people would pay for smart guns. LodeStar’s model will cost $900.
“What I think would be a better alternative is you buy a $400 Taurus. And then you spend $500 on training,” says Araujo. “That will make you safer than buying a $900 smart gun that you can still shoot yourself in the hand.”
Gun owner Jonathan Wassam thinks it’s a good idea in theory but worries whether he can trust the technology in smart guns.
“Your laptop is malfunctioning. Tech glitches,” said Wassam. “If I need to use it, I need to use it a second ago. I didn’t need to enter the code and wait 3 seconds for it to work. [I’ll] maybe by then he will die. ”
This isn’t the first time developers have tried to bring smart guns to market. Previous efforts have stalled in part due to industry concerns about government regulation.
The N OUT have said they are not opposed to smart guns but are opposed to any law requiring Americans to buy only smart gun.
“We don’t need missions. We don’t need people telling people what to do. We live in America,” said Wassam.
“We came out strong against Glaser explained. “I think there’s room for us in this market as a nascent product.”
For now, LodeStar will continue to develop and test its prototypes. Glaser hopes the product will hit the market next year at the latest.
“There is a possibility that we will cause our own success or failure based on the level of quality of the product,” he said.
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