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A manufacturer believes that having a solution to the gun violence plaguing the United States: A custom smart gun that uses fingerprint technology to make firearms more secure.
Ginger Chandler, co-founder of LodeStar Works in Chattanooga, Tennessee, explained that her company’s smart gun may be a solution to the country’s rising gun-related deaths.
Chandler said that the smart weapon can only be fired by an authenticated user; in this case, verified by your fingerprint.
“What we know is that if an unauthorized person picks up that firearm in a moment of stress or is going to do something quick, they won’t be able to do it,” Chandler said.
Chandler said that the three security locks (one app, one pin-pad and one fingerprint) made in the smart gun can help combat some of those preventable deaths.
“First, there’s an app on the phone… The other way to unlock it is just a pin-pad on the side,” Chandler said. “And then if you put your fingerprint on that notebook.”
In the past, the National Rifle Association supported smart guns but raised concerns about the technology becoming mandatory for all firearms sold in the United States.
According to data released most recently by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gun-related deaths overall increased 15% in 2020, to more than 45,000 deaths, the highest figure ever recorded by the CDC since it began tracking firearm deaths in 1968.
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