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#1 Happy Panther

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 02:08 PM

As a libertarian I don't like government restrictions on guns.

But what about legislation that would require all guns sold in the US to have smart gun technology. This technology would only allow the gun to be shot by the intended user or users via computer chip. The gun could also be remotely disabled.

Would gun proponents have a problem with this?

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 02:14 PM

Uh yeah. First of computers fail. Secondly who is in charge of remotely disabling them, the government? I'll pass.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 02:19 PM

Uh yeah. First of computers fail. Secondly who is in charge of remotely disabling them, the government? I'll pass.


You would need reliable technology but that shouldn't be an issue. We have it in other devices.

No the government would not be in charge.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 02:25 PM

I don't think it's a good idea for anyone to control when a firearm operates. One executive order and all guns are useless.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 02:34 PM

Such tech would be way to finicky and open to hacking.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 02:35 PM

Hint: Anything other than "let CatofWar have any gun he wants whenever he wants it without restriction" will be systematically shot down.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 02:40 PM

Hint: delhommey is a troll.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 02:41 PM

Such tech would be way to finicky and open to hacking.


We have versions of this technology in other items. There is no reason you couldn't have reliable technology in guns.

My question isn't whether we can design the technology, my question is assuming we can what would be the downside to requiring it.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 02:42 PM

I'll pass, thanks.

The key here is deeper background checks into the buyer/owners of the guns, not the guns themselves.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 02:51 PM

We have versions of this technology in other items. There is no reason you couldn't have reliable technology in guns.

My question isn't whether we can design the technology, my question is assuming we can what would be the downside to requiring it.



Then my second reason would be giving power to my firearms to another source.
If it's in my hand and I need to pull the trigger that should be the end of it.

IMO, it would hinder my control of the weapon.

Now if you are talking about some fancy fingerprint activation system, I might could get on board for that. I would fear, however, that it would price many out of the ability to purchase even a basic firearm.


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