Another attempt at ‘smart’ guns


A California company has introduced a device that allows you to activate, or deactivate, your handgun with your cell phone.3141854875_BadIdeasFront_answer_2_xlarge

I’m still trying to figure out how to turn off the alarm on my Droid.

These type of devices – smart gun technology – have never really worked well.

Over the years, companies have tried to link smart guns to a special watch or ring, to render the firearm inoperative if the shooter wasn’t wearing the right jewelry.

The danger comes when lawmakers start thinking the technology is a good idea.

It’s better to have smart gun owners than smart guns.


SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A high-tech startup is wading into the gun control debate with a cellphone controller that would allow gun owners to know when their weapon is being moved — and disable it remotely.

There’s no actual gun yet, but the technology from Yardarm Technologies LLC comes at a time when lawmakers around the U.S. are considering contentious smart gun laws that would require new guns to include high-tech devices that limit who can fire them.

The Yardarm system would add about $50 to the cost of a gun, and about $12 a year for the service.

The National Rifle Association says it is concerned about added costs and the reliability of smart guns in general. Officials at the organization said they weren’t familiar with Yardarm.


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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1741 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

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