President Obama’s passionate address to the nation on Tuesday outlined four major executive actions he and his administration will take to address gun safety. This follows Congress’ many failed attempts to agree upon and pass legislation intended to expand background checks for gun purchases and otherwise make obtaining firearms more difficult for those identified as dangerous threats. One of the highlights from his address is an order to several federal agencies to conduct or sponsor research into safer gun technology – including “smart guns.”

The Departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security have been instructed to move forward with this research, which includes regularly reviewing the latest available technology. The departments have 90 days to produce a report on their findings, including how to realistically incorporate gun safety technology into the market. The White House’s executive action fact sheet notes the US Federal Government is the largest domestic purchaser of firearms and “has a unique opportunity to advance this research and ensure that smart gun technology becomes a reality.”

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“Smart gun” technology could mean many different things, yet the main purpose of implementing these features is preventing accidental injuries and deaths from improper use of firearms. By using technology that could prevent anyone but the gun owner from operating the firearm, the number of tragic gun deaths should drop. President Obama puts it simply: “We can set it up so you can’t unlock your phone unless you’ve got the right fingerprint. Why can’t we do the same thing for our guns?”

Via The Verge

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