Smart Guns Don't Kill Kids

The technology is here: Why can't you buy one?

By Joseph DAgnese
Sep 1, 1999 5:00 AMNov 12, 2019 5:06 AM


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A handgun is remarkably simple to operate. You pick it up, point it, and squeeze the trigger. The gun does the rest of the job. The hammer cocks and then crashes down on the firing pin, sparking a tiny gunpowder explosion that expels the bullet from its cartridge. From a technological standpoint, the process is child's play.

Full text of this article appears in Discover magazine.

Oxford Micro DevicesMagna-Trigger Gun Safety PageColt's Smart Gun PageThe Johns Hopkins Center on Gun Policy and Research

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