New Jersey Smart Gun Law About To Kick In
A law passed in 2002 might soon be coming into power, unless the efforts of South Jersey State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg manages to change that. The 2002 law would have made it legal to sell only smart guns, with the exemption of weapons for law enforcement and military personnel, as well as antique guns. The catch – the law would only kick in case there were any smart guns available on the market, and even then after three years.
It has been a while since the adoption of the law, however, only iP1 reached the market. iP1 is made by Armatix, a German company, and sports a watch which serves as a safety device (bought separately). Without the watch, the gun cannot be used.
Many state that it is critical for the law never to go into effect. Butch Sacco, owner of Butch’s Gun World says that the iP1 is not really a smart gun.
“It doesn’t actually recognize the shooter. It’s just a transmitter you’re wearing,” states Sacco.
He goes on to say that it is not reliable, and Bob Viden, who owns Bob’s Little Sport Shop agrees with him, and further states that the law is “very stupid”. He goes on to address various purposes that guns can be used that this law might make impossible.
“If a man or woman is involved in competitive shooting, how can he or she compete with this law (in effect)? What about a guy who goes out west to hunt and needs a .44 caliber revolver? Or someone who competes in Old West target shooting and uses a single-action handgun?” he asks.
On the other side of the discussion is Bryan Miller, a former executive director of Ceasefire NJ, and currently at the same position at Heeding God’s Call, religious group working on gun control. He uses the term “childproof guns”.
“The whole idea of the childproof gun is to force the irresponsible gun manufacturers to add safety features,” says Miller. “The gun industry is the only industry that makes products without safety features. And that is unconscionable.”
It remains to be seen whether the law will kick in as it was supposed to, or will its opponents get the upper hand.
Images with courtesy of armatix.com