PERSONALIZED FIREARM aka SMART GUNS
This proposal would mandate that all handguns manufactured or sold in New York after enactment would only be capable of being fired by the authorized user(s). A temporary state commission would be created for the purpose of establishing a performance safety standard. The commission would designate one or more independent laboratories to determine whether or not a proposed firearm complies with the standard.
The stated purpose of the proposal is to reduce the number of firearms related deaths and injuries by imposing design changes that would create a “personalized gun”1. The focus is misuse of firearms by persons other than the owner, resulting in accidental shootings, particularly those involving children, suicide, or diversion to criminal use.
While noble in purpose, extensive research and development efforts by both government and the private sector have been unable to develop a technology that is both effective and reliable enough for even pilot testing. At the same time, the firearms accident rate, among both adults and children, has continued to drop to all time lows, as have firearm involved crime rates.
This legislation should be rejected. The technology still faces serious challenges before it is ready for introduction to the market. The fact that it has been found unacceptable by law enforcement only lends credence to this position. The problem of accidental shootings is being effectively addressed through education and training. This has proven very successful as shown by the steady drop in firearms related accidents over the last decade.
The fact that this proposal sets wholly unrealistic time frames, establishes only a temporary commission, and provides for no ongoing responsible agency for management of its mandates demonstrates a lack of understanding of the issue
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