A Massachusetts liberal has announced a proposal to require new guns to be equipped with features that will limit who can fire them, but the American public isn’t likely to buy it.
Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., says a government mandate for “smart guns” that have fingerprint-reading capability so they can only be used by their owners or those authorized by the owners, would be a practical way of reducing violence through accidental shootings by children or when a gun is stolen.
“This is the type of gun safety legislation that everyone – regardless of political party or affiliation – should be able to support,” Markey said in a statement, according to Fox News.
Actually, it’s the kind of gun safety legislation gun owners don’t support at all.
According to a November survey commissioned by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, an overwhelming majority of gun owners – 84 percent – don’t think so-called “smart guns” would be reliable, and even most non-gun owners – 60 percent – think the technology would be unreliable.
And as to actually purchasing a smart gun?
Seventy-four percent of gun-owners surveyed said they would be unlikely to shell out money for one.
That means the market for a gun with restrictive firing capability would be vanishingly small without a government mandate.
And a mandate would just be a back-door attempt at gun control, according to the National Rifle Association. Commenting on the National Shooting Sports Foundation survey, the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action said it is against any effort in that direction.
“NRA does not oppose new technological developments in firearms; however, we are opposed to government mandates that require the use of expensive, unreliable features, such as grips that would read your fingerprints before the gun will fire,” it said in a statement.
“And NRA recognizes that the ‘smart guns’ issue clearly has the potential to mesh with the anti-gunner’s agenda, opening the door to a ban on all guns that do not possess the government-required technology.”
In other words, Markey’s bill is a misfire.
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