With The Washington Post pushing for New Jersey to implement a 2002 smart gun-only mandate based on the Armatix iP1, it is important to point out that such a mandate will effectively turn gun ownership into a rich man’s game.
After all, the .22 caliber Armatix iP1 costs $1,800 a gun. Other .22 pistols–be they Walthers or Rugers–can be purchased brand new for $400 or less.
But the Walthers and Rugers will be illegal to sell in New Jersey once the law is implemented. For the law states that “no handgun” other than a smart gun “shall be sold or offered for sale by any registered or licensed dealer in the state.”
Right now, an American can walk into a gun dealer and buy a brand new, ultra reliable Glock 19 or 26 in 9mm for between $480 and $530. Like Walthers and Rugers, the Glock line of handguns is one that families of all socioeconomic backgrounds can afford to purchase and use for self-defense. But that all changes when a state mandates that an $1,800 .22 pistol has to be sold in place of the $480 Glock.