You heard it here first.
After my 15 seconds of fame Tuesday, the emails rolled in, including one in which the sender, whose name I’ve redacted, says they would like to purchase a smart gun.
“I heard you say on the CBS morning show you don’t know anyone who wants a Smart Gun. Well, you don’t know me but I’d like one. I’d feel more comfortable having a smart gun around the house than what I have now,” they wrote.
I stand corrected.
The writer makes a Libertarian argument regarding the backlash that befell the New Jersey FFL holder who planned to sell the smart guns until hundreds of calls and emails, and a few death threats, from gun owners convinced him not to market the German .22 pistols.
“I don’t understand why anyone would be opposed to allowing the sale of the Smart Gun here. Can you explain what would justify banning its sale? It seems like an infringement on our second amendment (sic) rights to prohibit the sale of the Smart Gun – and there is no justification, as I see it, to ban the sale based on worries that ‘down the line’ the government might try to make everyone own Smart Guns,” the author wrote. “Seems like a ridiculous argument in fact. You let the free market do the talking, not gun control advocates or gun proponents. Wouldn’t you agree?”
Well, I don’t agree.
New Jersey gun owners were terrified that the sale of a first smart gun would have triggered a state law requiring that all firearms sold there have the so-called smart gun technology incorporated into their design.
To me that trumps any free-market consideration, especially since it would have killed the free firearms market in New Jersey – or at least what remains of the free firearms market in the Garden State.
New Jersey gun laws are some of the strictest in the country. Modern sporting rifles, standard capacity magazines and even controlled-expansion ammunition are banned.
While no one can condone the threats the would-be smart gun seller received, his actions could have caused irreparable harm – effectively banning all firearms sales there. Other Northeastern states would likely have followed suit with similar legislation.
That’s the real danger posed by these so-called smart guns.