Obama executive action brings military into smart gun research

Buried in President Obama’s list of actions on guns this week was a directive for Homeland Security, DOJ and the Pentagon to get on board with gun research and adoption.

The fourth of four talking points https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/01/04/fact- the White House Monday ordered the Departments of Defense, Justice and Department of Homeland Security to take a two-pronged approach to “promote smart gun technology” that would include furthering research and considering whether including such technology in future weapon systems would be practical.

The President touched briefly on the subject in remarks this week.

“We need to develop new technologies that make guns safer,” www.guns.com/2016/01/05/president-obamas-announcement-of-exe Tuesday in a press conference on his actions. “If we can set it up so you can’t unlock your phone unless you’ve got the right fingerprint, why can’t we do the same thing for our guns? If there’s an app that can help us find a missing tablet…if we can do it for your iPad, there’s no reason we can’t do it with a stolen gun.”

The White House released the official https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/01/05/memor publication in the Federal Register on smart guns further detailing the directive.

First, the departments are authorized to sponsor research into gun safety technology that would reduce the frequency of accidental discharge or unauthorized use of firearms, and improve the tracing of lost or stolen guns. The Attorney General and Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security have three months to assemble a joint report to the Oval Office on just how they plan to implement this, notably without affecting current budgets.