Rep. Himes pushes 'smart guns' in Fairfield

<p>U.S. Rep. Jim Himes is pushing a plan to jump-start the &quot;smart gun&quot; industry.</p>

News 12 Staff

Aug 30, 2018, 7:38 PM

Updated 2,116 days ago

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U.S. Rep. Jim Himes is pushing a plan to jump-start the "smart gun" industry.
Smart gun technology uses fingerprints, eye scans or radio chips to prevent someone from firing a stolen gun.
On Thursday, Himes brought together a group of experts in Fairfield. He says smart guns are common-sense technology that have been stalled for years because of intense opposition from groups like the National Rifle Association. Fingerprint-based locks are currently available.
The owner of a Danbury gun range says he has serious concerns about how reliable smart guns are.
"What happens if a gun doesn't work when you need it?" asks Dean Price, of Wooster Mountain Shooting Range.
LodeStar Firearms hopes to bring to market a 9 mm smart gun in two years. It says prototype models have already proven even more reliable than traditional firearms.
Kristin Song's son died in a gun accident. She says it could have been prevented with smart gun technology.
"My son paid the ultimate price, and it has shattered our family," she says.
A recent Johns Hopkins University study found that 60 percent of people would buy a smart gun if they were available.


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