DOJ Guidelines Are Out For Smart-Gun Technology

The Department of Justice has just released its final version of guidelines for smart-gun technology, which many say only enforces what the Department has said earlier. The new guidance outlines (in detail) the minimum technical requirements US law enforcement agencies will “expect” from smart gun technology now and in the immediate future.

It is worth noting that word “expect” as this new guidance to law enforcement agencies is entirely voluntary. The guidance states that agencies are under no mandate to adopt any particular technology that may be developed.

smart-gunSome believe, and perhaps rightly, that this new guidance is directed more toward gun manufacturers than to the end-users. The guidelines give details as to what will be required in order to meet Federal purchasing of smart-guns. Also, the DOJ is hoping that by offering this guidance, manufacturers will see that there will be a need for more smart-guns in the future and get to work investing more time and money into more advanced models that even private gun owners will be able to afford and purchase.

The new guidelines contain information on what the DOJ says smart-guns can do and what they cannot do. For instance, new tech should not impede the actual time it takes to fire the weapon or to draw the weapon from a holster. On the “should do” side of things, the guidelines say that the tech should disable the firing mechanism if the weapon is being used by an unauthorized user.

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Robert Partain

Robert Partain

Robert Partain has been a professional writer for over 25 years. He spent ten years on active duty in the Army working as a medic and training NCO. While he covers any topic associated with military life, he specializes in writing about legislation that can affect active duty service members and veterans. Robert currently lives in the small town of Arab, Alabama.
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