Smart Guns have long been proposed as a safe(er) alternative to standard firearms in America. With gun crime still a massive issue in the country, many have requested laws to make firearms hardware less dangerous. Finally, that may actually be happening.
America is finally on board with Smart Guns
In a poll by Morning Consult, it was revealed that many Americans are on board with the more modern firearms technology. However, as expected, not everyone in the gun-loving region is on board.
Smart Guns work by locking use behind key features, such as pin codes, fingerprint sensors or an application. This technology is meant to avoid unnecessary incidents with children accidentally shooting someone or someone stealing another person's gun.
This technology has existed for around twenty years. However, plans to introduce the safer weaponry to the general public was fought by the National Rifle Association. Initially, the technology was backed by weaponry companies like Smith and Wesson, but NRA boycotts caused them to abandon the idea. They still aren't on board.
The poll states that 45% of U.S. adults would be comfortable using smart gun tech. In a comparison against traditional firearms, 43% were interested in the new technology Xu pages to 48% who were interested in normal weapons. Additionally, 55% of gun owners would use a smart weapon.
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There are still worries
Of course, the introduction of software and batteries into weapons still worries those who only own guns for self defence. Smart Guns do have to charge, even if that will be very infrequently, and the worry of a gun not working when needed is certainly valid.
Additionally, there are worries of the longevity of smart weapons compared to traditional ones. While decades-old weapons still function as intended, the sensors and batteries on smart weapons will degrade over time. This is why smart guns are typically being paired with multiple ways to unlock a weapon, so it can always be used in a time of need.