A company, Yardarm Technologies, has created “a geo-location system that tracks a gun and can remotely lock (or fire) it.”
“Are there any legitimate gun owners who are calling for this technology for safety? I haven’t heard of one,” said Jim Wallace, executive director of the Massachusetts Gun Owners Action League, in a recent interview.
Smart gun boosters say the new firearms will reduce accidents with rifles or other guns at home. That’s the point of Yardarm Technologies innovation, for example: a geo-location system that tracks a gun and can remotely lock it (or fire it).
Jim Schaff, vice president of marketing for the company, acknowledged the controversy, but thinks the technology is ready for the mainstream.
“The National Shooting Sports Foundation does not oppose the development of authorized user recognition technology for firearms,” wrote NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Larry Keane on the group’s blog. “What the industry does oppose are ill-conceived mandates … on the use of this conceptual technology.”