Smart guns are beginning to become available to U.S. consumers, with smart gun maker LodeStar Works unveiling a 9-millimeter smart handgun.
Smart guns could prevent accidental shootings, reduce suicides, and render lost or stolen guns worthless, as they use technology to authenticate the user’s identity and will disable a gun if an unauthorized person tries to fire it.
Early prototypes used either fingerprint unlocking or a radio frequency identification (RFID) system that allows firing only when a chip in the gun interacts with a chip worn by the user.
LodeStar's latest model combines a fingerprint reader, a phone application-activated near-field communication chip, and a personal identification number pad.
Smart firearms from SmartGunz are secured by RFID, while Colorado-based Biofire is developing a smart gun incorporating a fingerprint reader.
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