Dem. bill would require all new guns to be “personalized”

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Sen. Edward Markey has unveiled a gun control bill he says will help reduce firearm violence by requiring all new guns be “personalized” with special features, such as fingerprint-reading technology, so they can only be fired by their owners or other authorized users.

The Massachusetts Democrat says the bill will make it harder for stolen guns to be used in crimes and will reduce accidental firearm deaths by making it impossible for children to fire guns they find Markey said technology already exists to make guns inoperable for unauthorized users.

“In the 21st century, we should use advances in technology to our own advantage and save lives, and the [bill] will help ensure that only authorized users can operate handguns,” Markey said in a statement. “This is the type of gun safety legislation that everyone – regardless of political party or affiliation – should be able to support.”

Markey, who detailed the bill Wednesday, also called on President Obama to include $10 million in his budget proposal for gun violence research.

Markey said his bill should be embraced by gun owners and safety advocates, but any gun control measure will likely come up against tough opposition in Congress.

Source: Fox n


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