Why Smart Guns May Make Self-Defense More Complicated

The Rich Zeoli Show
July 26, 2019 - 10:36 am

PHILADELPHIA (1210)- Sometimes, smart technology does not beat the old-fashioned way.

Cam Edwards, Editor of BearingArms.com, expressed his concerns about smart guns in an interview with The Rich Zeoli Show.

"The technology isn't proven or reliable," said Edwards.

"I don't think anybody really is against the idea of a smart gun in theory. If I could buy a firearm that was reliable, that was sort of user-oriented, that would allow me to use it and somebody who stole my gun could not, that's great.

"The problem is, that's not how these 'smart guns' work."

Edwards explained two ways smart gun technology operates.

"One involves RFID technology, and that means you've got to wear something,” Edwards said. “You've got to wear a ring or a watch or something that pairs with your gun...and once that is paired, then you can use the firearm.”

Edwards was quick to point out flaws in this design for a smart gun.

"Let's say that, for whatever reason, your dominant hand is incapacitated...you have to shoot off-hand. Guess what? You don't have that wearable on your off-hand."

Edwards also voiced concern about a smart gun that responds to fingerprint technology used to unlock smartphones.

"I have trouble unlocking my phone sometimes with my thumbprint or fingerprint,” Edwards said. “It's annoying when it's your smartphone, but it's a matter of life or death if you're talking about a firearm you're using for self-defense."

"In each of these instances, the 'smart gun' is more complicated, is more prone to failure, there's more points of failure,” Edwards warned. “It is less useful, to me, as a gun owner for self-defense than an ordinary firearm."

Listen to the full interview below.