Every once in a while on this site, I get moronic enough to insert my personal opinion about national concerns into my stories, and so doing a story about a crowd-funded gun seems like the very story I would run away from. But this is something that I’d have to think the majority of people can agree is a step in the right direction as far as “gun control” is concerned. Sadly, it doesn’t seem to be getting the attention it deserves.
Safe Gun Technology, Inc. (SGTi) wants to make gun owners more like James Bond than ever before, though it sadly has less to do with martinis and girls than some might hope. The company is trying to fund an assault rifle prototype that would use biometric fingerprint recognition to directly link the gun to its owner like never before. In 2008, the team was able to successfully retrofit a Remington 870 shotgun with the technology, and now they’re upping their game with the assault style rifle. In case you wondered what makes this a Bond weapon, his Walther PPK was equipped with a biometric pistol grip for last year’s Skyfall.
In making the gun a “smart” one, SGTi is limiting a gun’s use to one person, based on the data that a majority of guns used in crimes belonged to someone other than the criminal. Any tampering with the fingerprint tech would render the weapon useless. Seems like a win-win situation for everyone except people who demand their family members also be allowed to use it. And I’m assuming that the future would allow for more than one person’s identity to be stored. Should this campaign be a success, they’re planning on giving other types of guns the smart advancements.
But that’s if they make it. At the time of writing, they’ve only raised $1,700 towards a $50,000 goal, with 12 days remaining. Are fingerprint sensors too sci-fi for gun nuts? Is “Big Weaponry” trying to keep the little man down? I kid, of course. Check out the promotional video below and decide for yourself whether this is an option worth putting money into. Admittedly, the goal prizes are pretty weak, but this isn’t about embroidered polo shirts. This is about the future, and one that sounds better than the one 3D-printed handguns can offer us.