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Smart Guns Arriving in the U.S.

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Rob Regent of SGW Designworks breaks down the inner working of a 9mm smart gun, which works only for the designated user.

Guns coming to market could trigger a 2019 New Jersey law requiring all gun shops in the state to offer smart guns after they become available. The 2019 law replaced a 2002 law that would have banned the sale of any handgun except smart guns.

Credit: Brian Losness/Reuters

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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