Smart Gun


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MarkDido
February 12, 2004, 09:02 PM
WEAPONS OF CHOICE
Super 'smart gun'
recognizes 1 owner
Professor unveils prototype firearm that senses shooter's unique grip

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Posted: February 12, 2004
1:00 a.m. Eastern



© 2004 WorldNetDaily.com


In the era of James Bond-style weaponry, a professor in Belgium claims he's come up with a sure-fire way to make sure guns are only fired by a single owner, and is unveiling his version of a so-called "smart gun."

Jacques Destine, a microelectronics expert at the University of Liege, used his grant from the U.S. Justice Department to develop a "safe" handgun, and says he's finally designed a weapon which fires only when it recognizes the unique grip of the shooter.

"We have made a weapon that only fires when it is meant to fire," Destine told the French-language La Derniere Heure. "Our idea was to make sure that the gun could only be used by its owner."

According to the report, the new weapon contains 250 electronic receptors which remember the precise way a person holds the gun.

Destine found that no two people have the exact same grip, and he believes unique grip patterns are as reliable as fingerprints in identifying the rightful owner of a handgun.

He says the high-tech firearm can be programmed for someone's right and left hand, which could prove invaluable to police officers injured during a shootout.

The device can also reportedly be set for use only in evenings, on weekends, or even for hunting purposes by adjusting settings for a particular firing angle.

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This should make New Jersey very happy, since they have legislation pending that will require "smart guns" as soon as the technology is available

I'd be interested to see if New Jersey exempts LEO's from this new technology.

I also have a problem with the whole "battery operated" - "recognizes a users unique grip" thing.....

Batteries fail, and the grip I use in a stress-fire situation will be different from the grip I use at the range.....

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Jeff White
February 12, 2004, 09:09 PM
Already under discussion here:
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?s=&threadid=64835

Jeff

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