Are Americans justifiably concerned about ‘smart gun’ technology?

What is a ‘smart gun,’ and how will it impact the future of gun ownership in America? That was the topic of conversation on Tuesday’s Glenn Beck Program. Guest host Dana Loesch spoke to Frank Miniter, author of The Future of the Gun, and John Lott, Jr, author of More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws, about the capabilities of the concept firearm that have some conservatives concerned for their Second Amendment right.

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As Miniter explained, law abiding gun owners are not really concerned about the smart gun technology so much as they are concerned about the potential control mechanisms that could come along with it.

“Gun owners are afraid of smart guns not because the technology out there might be used by somebody but because it is going to be mandated,” he said. “New Jersey has a law on the books since 2002 that when a smart gun becomes available on the market that can be the can be the only handgun sold in New Jersey.”

The Childproof Handgun Law of 2002 essentially says once “personalized handguns are available” anywhere in the United States, all handguns sold in New Jersey must be smart guns within 30 months. Because that threat is out there, smart guns are unavailable in the U.S. at the moment, though they are sold in Europe. Furthermore, the cost of these firearms threatens to price many out of the market.

According to Lott, the starting price of these so-called smart guns will be upwards of $1,800. If the technology is mandated – like it already is in New Jersey – a price induced gun control could quickly emerge.

“I think a lot of this gun control is just to price people out of owning guns,” Lott said.

While Miniter agrees this is an “unproven technology that need to find their place in the market,” he does see “practical applications of the technology.” i.e. prison guard

“Right now the worry is this will be mandated and used to control individual rights. But we can spin this around,” he said. “I have been talking to gun designers and engineers… [and] this can be used to control the state in a different way.”

That “very different way” involves technology that could help to prevent another Ferguson-type situation from unfolding.

“They can actually install a tiny camera in the front of gun… so if a police officer takes the gun out of the holster, it automatically would come on and video whatever he is pointing at down range,” Miniter concluded. “So if you have an instance like Ferguson, we would immediately know what really happened.”

  • Yo Mamma

    There are smart guns and there are dum-b people

    All is good when the smart guns are alone

    But when dum-b people play with them, they become dumb-ified guns

    And why am I still looking at the hotty that shrieks poverty – Yeah I know poverty. Me and my cute white AZZ. We know poverty

    Oh my gosh

    I just noted the 2 sticks on her chest

    Ok, she’s branded fine

  • Bat Masterson

    “The concept of the Purge, which was created by politicians calling themselves the New Founding Fathers, is based on several beliefs that strike me as distinctly conservative. The first is that people are inherently and inescapably violent and hateful and lots of them ready to kill you. Second is that justifies anyone and everyone arming themselves to the teeth in case they need to execute someone based on a personal, legal, or religious-based concept of justice. Third is that by arming and isolating yourself, preferably being white, and most importantly being wealthy, you can and deserve to seal yourself off from the suffering of the poor, unfortunate, and brown”

    • disqus_v3SHzvCspj

      That would be decidedly a fringe group, one could even say loony. It does not contradict the purpose and thought behind the Second Amendment,


      Actually I would say that the idea that individual and property rights being suspended “temporarily” for the greater good of society is more of an amalgamation of the totalitarian sides of both the Republican and Democratic parties. The idea that one should be secure in their persons and property is a decidedly Constitutional viewpoint. This is the viewpoint of the Libertarian Party as well as the Tea Party to a lesser extent.

      You failed to grasp the point of the movie. Contrary to what the government tells you, they don’t really care if you live or die. This is why they allow a night of lawlessness in the movie. If you can slate your blood lust for one night, the government doesn’t have to worry about a rebellion.

  • landofaahs

    I don’t worry a bit, I have what I need and when I’m dead people will have to stand for themselves. I will not comply.

  • It 2 it 567

    “GUNS are just being kept around
    to CONCEAL the reality that
    the REAL weapons now are
    ————————-directed energy,
    ————————————-TOXIC frequencies
    ———————————————————-and microwaves.”
    California whistleblower
    Informed Radio



    KEEP worshipping that TECH.

    KEEP falling for ‘CON’—-‘V’—-KNEE— – -ANTS’.

    JUST KEEP building those franchise slums!

    KEEP A’ GOIN’! – – – – –GIT!

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  • Nunya bidness

    I wish Dana was teaching a 9 year old how to use an UZI I’ll just leave this here.

    • AmericanEric

      That is a really sick statement. What a terrible thing to say about anyone regardless of how much you may not like or disagree with that person. Might want to consider checking your moral compass there Nunya as it seems you are a lost soul.

      • Nunya bidness

        And I wish you were her teachers aid.

  • Yo Mamma

    “Child firing Uzi at Arizona shooting range accidentally kills instructor, police say” CNN

    So much for smart guns protecting dum-mb people

  • Pachy Serrano

    I support the “right to bear arms” to protect yourself and your love ones, but sometimes I feel that many Americans don’t even want to think about any restriction or law about “gun safety” . . . We are becoming “too paranoid”. Don’t let the NRA to tell how to think. That’s not the reason that organization was created. Think before your speak!!

    • Budrex

      So why WAS the NRA created?

  • Connor Kenway

    I think it is a great idea to use this when it comes to law enforcement and the military. Not only because of things like Ferguson but also for the historical value.

  • disqus_v3SHzvCspj

    Yo is troll. Smart guns are an offering of a compromise between grabbing your guns and the 2d Amendment. They exist at the intersection between electronic and mechanical and chemical engineering, and intersections tend to not work very well; i.e., the technology is not there yet and may never be there. Besides there are half a billion or more ‘dumb guns’ out there. Bad idea brought to you by the same folks who control your food intake and force you to wear a helmet on a tricycle.