Biometric Handgun Hits the Market
The gun control debate in America has been raging for decades, with no clear solution in sight. While some advocate for stricter regulations and background checks, others argue that the right to bear arms is a fundamental freedom that should not be infringed. But what if there was a way to prevent unauthorized users from firing a gun, without compromising the owner’s access and safety?
That’s the idea behind Biofire, a Colorado-based company that claims to have developed the world’s first smart gun with fingerprint and facial recognition unlocking system. The 9mm handgun, which is available for pre-order at $1,500, uses biometric technology to identify the owner and authorized users, and locks out anyone else. According to the company’s website, the gun can work in various conditions, including if the user is wearing gloves or a face mask.
Biofire’s founder and CEO, Kai Kloepfer, said he was inspired to create the smart gun after the Aurora theater shooting in 2012, which happened near his hometown. He said he wanted to do something about gun violence, especially involving children and teenagers who accidentally or intentionally access firearms. “The key thing we are trying to solve, which I think we can completely solve, is children and teenagers getting access to firearms,” he told Bloomberg. “I’ve never talked to a gun owner who wanted their kid to find their gun.”
But not everyone is convinced that smart guns are the answer. Some critics worry that the technology could malfunction or be hacked, rendering the gun useless or dangerous in an emergency situation. Others fear that smart guns could pave the way for more government regulation and tracking of gun owners. And some simply don’t trust a new and unproven product that could put their lives at risk.
As someone who values the Second Amendment and personal responsibility, I have to say that I’m skeptical of Biofire’s smart gun. While I appreciate the company’s intention to reduce accidental shootings and suicides, I don’t think that adding more technology to a firearm is a wise or effective solution. I believe that gun owners should be educated and trained on how to store and use their guns safely, and that parents should teach their children about the dangers and consequences of handling firearms. I also believe that law-abiding citizens should have the right to choose what kind of gun they want to own and carry, without being forced or coerced by the government or the market.
Biofire may claim that its smart gun is “always locked” and “instantly accessible”, but I’m not willing to take that chance. I’d rather stick with a traditional gun that I can trust and control, than a smart gun that could fail me when I need it most.