Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) reintroduced a bill that would mandate the adoption of smart gun technology within five years for all newly manufactured handguns, and within 10 years for all handguns. That’s right, the bill calls for retrofitting the millions and millions and millions of traditional handguns currently in circulation.
Known as The Handgun Trigger Safety Act, the bill would do all of the following:
- Authorize grants to develop and improve “personalized” handgun technology to increase efficacy and decrease costs;
- Mandate that within five years of enactment all newly manufactured handguns must be personalized, ensuring that they can only be operated by authorized users;
- Mandate that within ten years of enactment anyone selling a handgun must retrofit it with personalization technology before that sale can be completed; and
- Provide reimbursement to manufacturers for the costs of retrofitting handguns through the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund.
“How many more kids have to die? How many more police officers have to be killed with their own weapon before we come to our senses?” said Rep. Maloney in a press release.
“We wouldn’t drive in cars or use baby cribs that didn’t adopt the latest safety technology, and we shouldn’t use guns that don’t take advantage of this technology either,” she continued. “I’m proud to reintroduce the Handgun Trigger Safety Act to support the development and adoption of innovative safety technology for handguns. We should be taking advantage of new technology, not shunning it.”
Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) plans to introduce a companion version in the Senate in the near future.
Naturally, this legislation has drawn sharp criticism from pro-gun organizations.
“More baloney from Maloney,” said Alan Gottlieb, the Executive Vice President of the
Second Amendment Foundation, in an email to GunsAmerica.
“Her real goal is to mandate guns out of existence,” he continued. “We have seen this tried by anti-Second Amendment politicians in New Jersey. Now they want to take it national. The free marketplace should decide what kind of firearms people will buy. Not government mandates.”
Amen. It should be noted that New Jersey actually passed a smart gun law in 2002, known, as the New Jersey Childproof Handgun Law, that mandates the use of smart gun technology, exclusively, three years after a workable and reliable personalized handgun hits retail stores. In other words, the second a smart gun becomes available a ban on traditional handguns is triggered in New Jersey. This is a large part of the reason why one doesn’t see smart guns at their local FFL.
Anyways, with a GOP majority in both chambers and with President Trump in the White House the chances of The Handgun Trigger Safety Act becoming law are about as good as pigs flying or hell freezing over (or insert your favorite adynaton).
Yes, the Dems supporting this bill must be high on crack. They know it’s a non-starter. Perhaps they’re doing it just to appease the Bloomberg anti-gun groups that help fund their campaigns or to put a feather in their look-what-I’ve-done-to-retard-and-restrict-gun-rights cap.
We’ll keep you posted on the fate of The Handgun Trigger Safety Act.