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Senate panel clears bill blocking government mandates on smart guns

Calling the technology a method of gun control, a Senate panel voted Wednesday to preclude any mandate that Arizonans have to purchase “smart” guns.

HB 2216 says the state may not require any person to use “electronic firearm tracking technology.”

It also bars disclosure of any disclosure of information gathered from such technology that would identify the gun owner or the person’s firearm.

Rep. Paul Boyer, R-Phoenix, said he heard a presentation at a conference that suggested the best way to regulate who can own and fire a gun is “block chain technology.”

In essence, the technology can sense and log when a smart weapon has been fired, even sending notices to emergency personnel.

It also can send out notifications if an unauthorized person tries to fire the weapon.

“And that’s what I’m concerned about,” Boyer said.

The right to self-defense existed before government, he said.

“It’ll exist long after government is gone. And so every citizen should have the right to defend themselves,” Boyer said.

Beyond the tracking, Boyer said HB 2216 will ensure that Arizonans are not forced to purchase weapons that are designed to fire only by the authorized owner or user. He contends they are “unreliable.”

Various forms of the technology are being developed.

Some involve having the trigger or grip programmed to recognize who is authorized to fire it. Others used radio-frequency chips that the authorized owner would wear to allow the gun to fire, similar to devices that allow cars to start — or not start as the case may be….

 

Read the full article here: http://azcapitoltimes.com/news/2017/03/15/house-clears-bill-blocking-government-mandates-on-smart-guns/

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