Gun Shop Owners Speak Out On Smart Guns
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on August 04, 2014 @ 6:53PM
Created on August 04, 2014 @ 4:19PM
A few months ago, 5 News told you about a product called the "smart gun" and how the first store to put it on their shelves changed their mind. Now, the battle continues. This handgun was created in hopes to improve safety and lower suicide rates, but others think differently.
Gun shop owners said there's simply no market for these guns, but before we get into that let's recap what exactly a smart gun is.
The smart gun is a handgun that can only be used by it's owner. That person has to wear a watch or a bracelet that transmits a message to a chip in the gun to activate it. Otherwise, it doesn't work. One owner said it's just too new and expensive. He said he's not going to put something like that on his shelves for a while. Maybe one day, but not anytime soon.
On the other hand, another owner said he never can see the smart gun going on his shelves.
"It's possible to have them, but feasible? No. I don't believe that at all. I don't think that they're going to sell. I would not want to have to have them," said Jerry Wilfong, Owner of K&K Loans.
Wilfong also said with all new technology there's even smarter technology that can hack it.
Officials and law enforcement say we have to do something to fix the problem and this could be a solution.
When 5 News went out in the community Monday, people said they were for and against these guns. 5 News met one woman who said she's very pro guns, but thinks smart guns are a good idea and would be safer.
"I have a friend that had a seven-year-old child that was killed by a handgun. A neighbor just picked it up, fired it, and killed the young child. So I think it would be a lot safer for children and everyone," said Loretta Lucas, Harrison County resident.
According to a new study, the NRA doesn't agree with the smart gun. 5 News reached out to them Monday, but have yet to hear back.
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