May 23, 2019

`Smart gun’ can be fired by owner, not assailant

WASHINGTON — House lawmakers unveiled a hi-tech “smart gun,” being developed for use by law enforcement officers, which can be fired only by its owner.

The .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol, being developed by Colt’s Manufacturing Co. Inc., uses radio-frequency technology to block an unauthorized person from firing it. Experts estimate one in six police officers killed with a firearm is shot with his or her own weapon taken by assailants.

“It is not enough to be tougher on crime — we have to be smarter,” said Rep. Patricia Schroeder, D-Colo. “Crime-fighting technology is not just for James Bond. It should be available to our cops on the street.”

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