Democratic State Senator Launches a Glove-Enabled ‘Smart Gun’ for $2,495

A glove-enabled handgun? We’ve seen stranger ideas, but we can’t remember where

A Kansas state senator announced this year at SHOT Show On-Demand a device he believes will stop accidental discharges and prevent suicides: the SmartGunz 9mm Sentry.

“Our sole purpose for launching SmartGunz LLC is to save lives. Full stop,” the company says on its website.

“Americans are killed or wounded every day by handguns, whether they are targeted victims of violence, children or bystanders harmed by accidental weapons discharges, or people suffering from mental illness intent on taking their own lives,” they continue.

“SmartGunz LLC believes one way to save lives lost from gunfire is to offer ‘smart gun’ firearms technology where the firearm can only be operated by its intended user.”

SmartGunz was founded by Democratic Kansas State Senator Tom Holland, according to a bio on his campaign page.  

During his reelection campaign, Holland called himself a “responsible gun owner” and criticized his opponent for leaving a loaded gun in a committee room.

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Rather than the yet-to-be-proven fingerprint technology used by most “smart guns,” Holland’s 9mm Sentry uses an RFID-enabled glove to unlock a firearm. Images posted on the SmartGunz website show a 1911-style firearm with a chip embedded in the grip.

A fingerless glove appears next to the 1911, which users must wear for the handgun to function. Each glove is paired with a single firearm, so one glove cannot unlock multiple guns.

The company claims on their FAQs page that the gun will unlock in 200 milliseconds and that it is “as responsive and reliable as any other firearm.”

The unlocking mechanism is powered by a battery in the magazine, which can be recharged using a USB port.

In an interview with GunsAmerica, Holland assured potential users that the mechanism is reliable, and he called the design “simple and elegant.” He did not know whether the mechanism could be circumvented if the gun were taken apart, but he said the mechanism is self-contained and cannot be hacked electronically.

The website doesn’t provide any videos of the gun in operation. It does, however, list the MSRP: $2,495. Products will start shipping in the second quarter of 2021.

Photo: SmartGunz

Holland sees two markets for his product. On the law enforcement side, he believes agencies and officers will appreciate that the sidearm cannot be stolen and used against them.

“We see the gloved implementation of this model as ideal for correctional facilities where inmates are constantly trying to wrestle firearms away from officers. With this gun, if they get it out of an officer’s hand, it’s as dead as a doornail,” he said.

On the commercial side, Holland admitted that the gun may not appeal to people who already own guns and store them securely. But he does see a market among people who are afraid of firearms but still want one for protection.

“We’re marketing it to people who are scared you-know-what of handguns. That’s the point of the glove. This is something where you kids won’t accidentally discharge a weapon, commit suicide, whatever,” he said.

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Anyone with access to the glove can use the firearm. When asked about this potential flaw, Holland said, “That’s their decision to make. We’re telling those people who would not have a firearm because of young children they can keep the glove on them. The kids can come across the handgun loaded, it’s not doing anything. We feel that this is truly safe for a mom dealing with a domestic violence order, dealing with intruders.”

Asked about the price, Holland said he’s confident people who are afraid of traditional handguns will be willing to pay for the markup.

“Smart guns” have for years been used by anti-gun proponents as a Trojan horse to advance the gun control agenda. Even though the technology doesn’t yet exist in a durable and reliable platform, politicians like President Joe Biden are hoping to make “smart guns” the only type of legal firearm in the United States.

With his new company, Holland appears to be giving Biden’s agenda a boost.

Note: This article has been updated to reflect comments from Sen. Holland.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over four years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco. Follow him on Instagram @bornforgoodluck and email him at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

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  • Fee January 27, 2021, 11:49 pm

    Drug ringleader/club owner gets informed that a DEA undercover agent is in his bar spying on his operations. He instructs his bouncers to take anyone in the bar wearing a glove on one hand to the back room and have him or her stripped search for wiretap and weapons. If any of these items are found, the person will be killed and body will be immediately disposed. DEA just lost another agent. What went wrong????

  • Walrus Gumboot January 27, 2021, 10:24 am

    There are no smart guns and there should be more smart gun carriers. With this thing you can just wear the glove all day and night instead of practicing situational awareness. And there are no accidental discharges, only negligent.

  • Bob Bastion January 26, 2021, 5:33 pm

    That’s a great idea (roll eyes).

  • Pat Riot January 26, 2021, 12:53 pm

    I’ll bet that Dem Senator has a financial interest in SmartGunz LLC.
    Follow the money.
    …then sue him for it.

    • Brian March 29, 2021, 1:02 pm

      Try reading the article.
      He founded the company.

  • Brian January 26, 2021, 12:41 pm

    So now anyone including law enforcement, will know who is carrying and who is not by the fact that they will be wearing one glove on their shooting hand. And they all can’t possibly be Michael Jackson impersonators either, eh?

  • Bryan January 26, 2021, 11:58 am

    AWESOME…now where’d I put that darn glove…

    …maybe just walk around like Michael Jackson and wear it all the time…problem solved…

    I’go for this about as fast as I would for an electric car…ain’t happenin’…ever…

  • C.A. January 25, 2021, 11:40 am

    “SmartGunz LLC believes one way to save lives lost from gunfire is to offer ‘smart gun’ firearms technology where the firearm can only be operated by its intended user.” Note: Most firearms related Crimes, Suicides and Attacks on innocents are conducted by a firearm operated by its intended user! Duh…….

  • Richard Bushong January 25, 2021, 8:28 am

    Remember DA DorothybGale was from Kansas and just as delusional.

  • Andy January 25, 2021, 7:50 am

    So lets see now, in court the defending lawyer states to the jury:
    “My client COULDN’T have fired the shot!”
    The defendant struggles in view of everyone to place the glove on his hand.
    The lawyer states: “IF IT DOESN’T FIT, YOU MUST AQUIT.”

  • Dave January 23, 2021, 9:18 pm

    What a fatuist idiot!
    I would never trust my life to exotic technology. A baddie could disarm a cop by simply grabbing the glove! And what about the back up gun? Maybe he should include a mood ring to prevent sad people from committing suicide!
    Yeahhhhh,,,,,.

  • Timothy J. DeCook January 22, 2021, 9:28 pm

    Say what? “We see the gloved implementation of this model as ideal for correctional facilities where inmates are constantly trying to wrestle firearms away from officers. With this gun, if they get it out of an officer’s hand, it’s as dead as a door nail,” he said. WELL, Me being Law Enforcement for over thirty years and having visited multiple Local and State Lock Ups, and Correctional facilities, I have yet to come across one that allows any firearm of any sort into the facility and most if not all don’t even allow electronic control devices in.

  • Shanz January 22, 2021, 9:05 pm

    California already doing this with hand gun roster. Cannot buy anything that isn’t on “ smart gun roster.”
    Get ready America, every nonsense law Commyfornia has is now going federal.

  • Billy M January 22, 2021, 6:43 pm

    The politician is either indoctrinated and doesn’t realize it or is lying. The biggest danger is the media. His statement “Americans are killed or wounded every day by handguns…” is indicative of this. The word ‘BY’ is used by almost all of the anti-gunners. This is the same as saying 20K people are killed BY Ford pickup trucks not 20k people killed by drunk drivers in Ford pickup trucks. The work ‘BY’ removes the responsibility of the human who was holding that gun. We need to call out everyone that uses that term. When we put the human responsibility back in the conversation we can work on real solutions, like how to keep guns out of the hands of those who are not allowed to one them.

    • Tom B January 25, 2021, 8:57 am

      You’re 100% correct! Biden says no one needs an AR-15. But when the government fails only you can protect yourself.

  • Klint Peck January 22, 2021, 5:07 pm

    It also sends a signal to the government every time you fire it. Stupidest thing ever!

  • Robert Brooks January 22, 2021, 4:55 pm

    ” a device he believes will stop accidental discharges and prevent suicides”
    We already have these areas covered. More effective training and mental health coverage. The add’s yes, but no guarantees on the suicide thing. Just ask the japenese….

  • Steve January 22, 2021, 2:52 pm

    1 glove per gun. So when the glove wears out (wear and tear, washing, etc.), you need to order another one from a company that will be out of business before it makes or sells its second gun…

  • Leonard January 22, 2021, 1:44 pm

    You invent a gun that prevents suicide, so perhaps it shoots rubber bands. I guess jumping out of a window never occurs to suicidal people.

  • Richard Jones January 22, 2021, 1:27 pm

    So the market is aimed at those who are “afraid” of guns??? Those people should not have a gun.

    Particularly good for corrections officers who are always getting their guns wrestled away. Really, if you can take the gun you can take the glove. Duh. Besides guns are almost universally banned from personnel in secured areas. Corrections officials in contact with inmates are not armed with firearms.

    So a police officer will always have to wear his glove? What if he has to shoot with his/her offhand? What does he/she do with their back up gun? Change gloves? What happens when in the heat of an incident an officer needs to use another officer’s gun? What if the officer wants to wear tactical gloves to protect his hands? What if the officer wants to wear gloves in cold weather?

    So much for concealed carry. I don’t see his gun but he’s wearing that glove a la Micheal Jackson.

    Battery operated? What can go wrong here? How often is it charged? Is there a low battery warning warning?

    Cold weather? Battery life anyone?

    Does it work in water?

    How does one clean the gloves? I would think I’d want some spares in case I lost one or it got damaged or soiled with blood, vomit, urine, and lots of other icky stuff. Of course, there goes the single glove tied only to that weapon theory.

    $2,400 plus gloves. Are you kidding me? I could go on but seriously this is the worst idea ever.

  • Tank January 22, 2021, 1:26 pm

    Forget the necessity of using backup hand in emergency.

  • Kc January 22, 2021, 11:21 am

    Brilliant idea. Now arm the Secret Service and local Dignitary Protection details with that and nothing else. No reason for more than one magazine, either.

  • Jason Schur January 22, 2021, 10:48 am

    Now a person would have to wear a glove at all times to concealed carry? That makes sense. Better wear your glove to bed in case someone intrudes your house at night? This is the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard. Now the battery is dead also. Give me a brake!

    • Jack January 22, 2021, 12:13 pm

      I believe the correct expression is “Come on, give me a break, man!” We should all adopt that for the next few unbearable years.

  • Dr Motown January 22, 2021, 10:30 am

    How would this prevent suicide? If I have the gun and the glove, I’ll do whatever I want, right? Dumbass

  • TERRY January 22, 2021, 10:21 am

    This is truly a gun designed for ignorant liberals who are afraid of guns. If you want a gun for self-defense, this isn’t it. I wouldn’t consider it if it were sold for $100.

  • JohnE January 22, 2021, 9:08 am

    Wow only 2500. So afordable for the masses. Of course it is the perfect price to see to stuplid liberals in goverment waste money.

    This will have no affect on suiside. If the gun is theirs they have the glove. If not they will still find away to kill themselves.

    I guess you will have to be sitting around your house with the glove on as putting it on in life threatening situation is to time consuming.

    The constant flaw in smart guns is your life now depends on a battery. It will always be dead when needed.

  • Ron January 22, 2021, 9:06 am

    We don’t need smart guns – we need smart politicians to keep from trying to limit or compromise our rights! As for accidental deaths, we need smarter people. And as far as suicides go, if people want to off themselves they will find a way.

  • mike January 22, 2021, 9:06 am

    Honey, wake up.
    Huh, what time is it?
    Shhhh….I think someone is trying to break in
    OK, where’s my gun?
    In the lock box on the night stand
    OK, got it, now where’s my glove?
    Which one?
    The one for the 1911…found it….darn,….it doesn’t seem to be registering or working…I charged it yesterday….Hmmmm…Maybe I’ll give it a quick charge. It will only take 10 minutes. these smart chargers work fast….
    Good idea, but hurry, I can hear them walking up the stairs. Should I ask them to wait?
    Sure……………

  • DavidInCO January 22, 2021, 8:27 am

    The ONLY way anyone would ever buy one of these ridiculous boat anchors is if they were forced to. So, buckle up. This is the first salvo in an attack on the gun industry to force us to buy this crap and take away normally operating firearms.

    The next step will be to create new language/narrative to disparage guns without this “feature” and the owners who use them to make it easier to push their agenda. Then, they will devise a way for the government to disable the firearm from a distance maybe by using our own Big Tech cell phones with NFC to disable all nearby RFC chips. Sci-fi you say? This is all possible now. Let’s not kid ourselves.

    I can’t believe that Holland would participate in something like this…

    • Matthew Brecska January 22, 2021, 10:15 am

      ” D ” AS IN DEAMONCRAP THATS WHY .
      LETS NOT FORGET OUR ” DEAR SUPREAM LEADER ” JUST KILLED 52 THOUSAND JOBS ON HIS FIRST DAY LET ALONE 14 THOUSAND of them on keystone PIPELINE. So as sleepy joe undoes his first day all Trump did .

      Nust sit back and take it .now open borders .America is lost there is no reason we need politicians now that the Dicktaker in charge in the WH

  • Roger J January 22, 2021, 8:03 am

    A crippled, unreliable 1911 for $2500? Sure, count me in…NOT.

  • Leigh January 22, 2021, 6:44 am

    he said the mechanism is self-contained and cannot be hacked electronically.” – this sounds like a challenge…
    and anything with a battery? what about outside interference? durability? glove sizing?

  • Pat Riot January 22, 2021, 6:38 am

    IGNORE this. This is a step toward confiscation.

  • Idunno Joe January 22, 2021, 6:36 am

    Let us test these in the field by first issuing them to Secret Service, ATF, nd Capitol Police….

  • Allen Jenkins January 22, 2021, 4:55 am

    So now you can leave your firearm in the open and the glove in a safe? 🤔 Stupid.

  • Ian Rivlin January 22, 2021, 3:59 am

    Totally agree with the the previous comments. If someone breaks into my house, I don’t want to be searching for a damn glove to protect my family.

  • les January 22, 2021, 2:42 am

    If the owner bought the gun and has the glove how will that stop a suicide?

  • Mark N. January 22, 2021, 1:27 am

    So much fail, so little critical thinking.
    1. There are very few accidental firearm fatalities annually, roughly 500 a year. Compared to the number of annual firearm homicides, the number pales to insignificance. To the extent that children are injured or killed, there are a multiplicity of ways of preventing children from gaining access to firearms without expensive smart gun technology.
    2. The glove does not need to fit, it only needs to be worn. So parents who leave the glove with the firearm (so that it is available when things go bump in the night) have just eliminated the safety potential of this tech vis-a-vis their children. In short, you have to lock up the glove, just like you should lock up the firearm.
    3. The glove does not need to fit, it only needs to be taken off the officer/guard for the handgun to operate.
    4. People who conceal carry will not approve because the glove will instantly identify them as a gun carrier.
    5 You will need multiple magazines that, because they contain the battery for the unlocking function, will run significantly more than (already often expensive) regular magazines.
    6. What happens when you drop this puppy in the water?
    7. Apart from teen suicides (and assuming a secure storage of the gun/glove), the average gun owning adult who chooses death by gun will not be diminished at all. Doh! That adult will have the gun and the glove!

    There may be more, but the web site is particularly obscure as to how the mechanism operates, other than stating that an activation switch must be held down for the gun to operate, suggesting something like an electrically activated switch like the ones that operate automatic sprinklers. It could be as simple as replacing the mechanical grip safety with the electric switch that can only operate when the RFID chip is present. But this means that there have to be two switches present, doubling the risk of failure. Murphy always lurks.

  • Blue Dog (he/him) January 21, 2021, 4:28 pm

    Some of the states with better gun legislation had rules that after a smart gun comes to market, after a certain period of time, all firearms sold in the state have to be smart guns. I am pretty sure New Jersey had that rule, and maybe Illinois? Does this trigger that rule? Or were those rules triggered by other smart guns that have made it to the market in the past, like the Armatix or Triggersmart?

    • Johnny January 22, 2021, 2:35 pm

      So they watched Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw and figured “if a fictitious shadow government did it why can’t we?” Didn’t they watch the end? The superior weaponry got turned off using a computer set up in a Samoan auto body shop! LOL!!!

      There should also be an option for maybe $100 extra to add steel spikes to the glove so when the battery fails that person has some sort of weaponry to fall back on aside from their now $2500+ Gun looking club in the other hand?

  • paul January 21, 2021, 2:10 pm

    Yeah right………how long will it take to remove the chip from the glove and at least tape it to the grip???? Just another bad idea to get law abiding people killed…….excuse me can you wait until I get my glove on so I can shoot you……WTF?????????

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