Published: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 2:19 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 2:19 p.m.
Is it possible to create a rifle that’s too good, too accurate, too easy to use, leaving only terrorists and other outlaw groups as potential buyers?
That is what Elliot Fineman, CEO of the National Gun Victims Action Council says about the Precision Guided Firearms made by TrackingPoint, a gun maker located in Austin, Texas.
The NGVAC wants to ban the rifles, which they say have “no legitimate civilian use.”
“There are three groups who will buy these rifles — insurrectionists, terrorists and hate groups,” Fineman said in a recent statement. “Given the sniper rifle’s deadly accuracy, no one is safe — this cannot be allowed.”
The group’s biggest objection is to the technology behind the heart of TrackingPoint’s Precision Guided Firearm system, its “network tracking scope,” a computer which calculates 20 ballistic variables 54 times per second.
All the shooter does to fire the $27,500 weapon is align the reticle onto the target, press the “tag” button, pull the trigger and hold it to the rear.
Once the scope determines the proper alignment is achieved, the rifle fires on its own.
“TrackingPoint’s sniper rifles are a classic example of technology outpacing legislation,” Fineman wrote. “The weapons unquestionably pose a significant danger to public safety, and this danger will only grow as additional companies develop similar technology.”
His group is seeking legislation to “banish the threat posed by these weapons.”
TrackingPoint, for the most part, has ignored the fury and declined to comment to the mainstream media — until now.
You can read the rest of my column here.