BREAKING: Someone wants a ‘smart gun’


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 smart guna 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.


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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 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.


  1. Facts of LIFE. There are those among us who are not physically, mentally, or emotionally capable of handling a firearm.
    Apparently you fall into one or more of those categories.

  2. Mike the Limey on

    You make the following statement:

    “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.”

    “Terrified” is the kind of word used by media types to hype their lacklustre stories & has no place here, as I doubt there was a single gun owner felt anything more than a certain degree of concern at the consequences of these “smart” guns being marketed.
    Let’s leave the emotion driven & idiotic hyperbole to the media & hoplophobes & counter their position with cold hard facts.

  3. To “Mike the Limey” – as written in newly created CA law, and I assume NJ law, as stated in the article, once “smart technology” is available in CA, all firearms must incorporate “smart technology.” That is what the law states. Meaning all current firearms being sold, and those already owned, will no longer be allowed to be sold. So you will be stuck buying the “smart 22” or any other untested “smart technology” firearm. Doesn’t sound so smart to me. And as if criminals will not easily override the system. Same with casing etching.

  4. It is obvious that you know very little to nothing about using guns for self defense against another human who would inflict harm or even death on you if given the chance.
    The Not So Smart Gun is only available in .22 caliber, which is powerful enough to stop a rabid rabbit but not much else. Its not a man stopper unless you hit in the brain or heart, which is not likely if your not a really good shot under stress, and I doubt you are from your lack of knowledge. Let me ask you this. If you have a TV Remote or a car remote, do they EVER malfunction? Do you know if this technology has been tested and proven to be at least as reliable as today’s handguns, in either revolver or semi auto pistol form? Will it work if you drop it? Will it work if its wet or your wet, or the watch is wet, or the batteries are low but not totally dead? Do you know for sure what your states laws are on the use of deadly force in the home for self defense? You better because you could end up in a jail cell for a very long time if you don’t. You could even end up being sued by the perp in a civil action if you harm him/her greatly. They might not win a suit but you will lose when you have to pay for a lawyer to defend you.
    At this time, Smart Gun Technology is not ready for sale to the consumers, as ANY KNOWLEDGEABLE gun owner knows. Much more testing to be done under a variety of conditions and circumstances where as almost all other NON smart guns will function just fine 99% of the time. They don’t care if they’re all wet, don’t need batteries or a stupid looking watch that also needs to be tested very thoroughly. Has your battery in your watch ever died or lost power so as to make the watch slow?
    If you want to risk your life on this stuff, be my guest. I hope you never need to use it because I think you will come out regretting your gun choice for a number of reasons in the end.

  5. I’d buy one to play with… if it cost the same as a regular .22 lr.

    But I wouldn’t let my life depend on an unproven technology.

    If / When it becomes mandatory for police and has a proven record (and that I, not someone else, get’s to control who is able operate it) I would CONSIDER one for self defense. But at 3-4 times the price of a regular pistol?

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