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Video: "Smart Gun" Goes on Sale in California

February 21, 2014  | 

VIDEO: "Smart Gun" Goes on Sale in California

One of California’s largest firearm stores recently added a peculiar new gun to its shelves. It requires an accessory: a black waterproof watch.

The watch’s primary purpose is not to provide accurate time, though it does. The watch makes the gun think. Electronic chips inside the gun and the watch communicate with each other. If the watch is within close reach of the gun, a light on the grip turns green. Fire away. No watch means no green light. The gun becomes a paperweight.

Armatix iP1, a .22 caliber semi-auto, is the country’s first smart gun. Its introduction is seen as a landmark in efforts to reduce gun violence, suicides and accidental shootings. Proponents compare smart guns to automobile air bags — a transformative add-on that gun owners will demand. But gun rights advocates are already balking, wondering what happens if the technology fails just as an intruder breaks in.

James Mitchell, the “extremely pro-gun” owner of the Oak Tree Gun Club, north of Los Angeles, isn’t one of the skeptics. His club’s firearms shop is the only outlet in the country selling the iP1. “It could revolutionize the gun industry,” Mitchell told the Washington Post.

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Greg @ 2/24/2014 5:14 AM

An expensive solution for no problem...but don't think our leftist leaders won't be using this "reasonable" gun control object. How many officers are killed by their own pistols taken from them. Wonder how this great technology would go over if politicians like the two harridens from Cali. decide the police should test this technology first? One thought, how would this thing reduce suicides? I can't picture any gun owner "demanding" this crap. Complexity kills.

Fed Chief @ 2/24/2014 3:29 PM

So a husband or significant other purchases the gun for home defense. He/she is confronted by a home invasion robber, the significant other grabs the gun to protect the other, and guess what? The band is still on hubby's wrist. No bang, not even a click. So the robber shoots them both, and steals the gun, steals the band. This is like the other California requirements that any gun in a house with children must be stored completely inoperable, and the ammo in another location. Robber comes in, put gun together, go to the guest room for the ammo.......

Marshal Fine @ 2/24/2014 3:42 PM

This is one of the stupidest things I've ever seen.. and I'm old as dirt... I agree with Fed Chief.. You can't get to the gun to save your life, so a family member gets it and CLICK.. Bet no one wears the stupid band all the time, again.. no good without it. Just a band aid , feel good deal and what gun dealer (out of Kalifornia) thinks this is a great idea??? Other than the profit.. just stupid and will get you KILLED...

kecop @ 2/24/2014 4:34 PM

gee why not use a $20 gun lock instead of having to spend $1000 more typical liberal CA thinking, solution to no problem and had costs.

Blnite @ 2/25/2014 8:56 AM

RFID Chips can be "jammed", or so I'm told by someone who is more tech savy than I am I wonder how long before a "jammer" for this kind of device shows up at Radio Shack or at E-bay?

ssc1911 @ 2/25/2014 3:40 PM

New Jersey already has a smart gun law aka personalized handgun laws in the state statutes dealing with firearms. If for some insane reason this actually becomes in effect the only guns law abiding people will be legal to carry are smart guns. law enforcement in NJ is exempt from the is law . Basically it will be a defacto gun ban. This is scary as the smart gun here in NJ was only etsetd in a controlled laboratory environment. The smart gun concept was actually designed for police and preventing their duty gun from being used on them if it was taken by a perp . There are reports that these guns actually aren't safe, they don't work when they should and work when they shouldn't. I'm sure someone could figure how to disable the electronic functions of a smart gun.

Fed Cop @ 2/26/2014 6:49 AM

Hey Blnite, great point! I'm sure "there's an app for that", soon. There are apps for iPhone and Android to get credit card info, jamming the band and gun should be pretty easy. All the bad guys will need is one of these "safe guns" to learn how to defeat it.

Lt. Rex @ 2/26/2014 5:56 PM

I pull a vehicle over at, according to my watch, 2:47am. I approach the vehicle with my SL20 in my left hand trying to see through the dark tinted windows when I catch a glance of a muzzle flashed in my direction from the drivers window. I reach down with my right hand and draw my weapon, quickly pulling it from my holster and push it towards the drivers direction, he fires off his 1st round, then another and another but my guns not firing.... Doh I'm shooting one handed and like most righties my watch is on my left hand and not close enough to turn the light green.

Lt. Rex @ 2/26/2014 5:57 PM


gapp @ 2/28/2014 4:03 PM

Yes I can see the crims carrying jammers to prevent the police using their firearms, BUT an even bigger problem is them copying the codes, installing them in their own "watches" and then disarming the officer that complancently relies on the electronic watch to stop activating his gun and not knowing that the crim he's frighting KNOWS he has a gun ready to shoot if he gets it off the officer. All in all at the end of the day it comes down to mental alertness combined with physical NOT physic's ability to prevent gun grabs. Prevent suicides??? most now hang themselves, use pills or walk out in front of a truck or train or leap of a tall structure, if there's one locally. No keep it in the research & development area for the present.

Chuck @ 11/1/2015 2:26 PM

Another example of a device that will only be compromised by trying to implement modem electronic technology.
Dear God what a STUPID idea !!

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