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San Francisco Chief Says His Agency May be Willing to Test Smart Guns

February 25, 2016  | 

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San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr on Tuesday offered his department as a test bed for smart guns once the technology is more fully developed.

Suhr, speaking at an event sponsored by smart-gun technology proponents, said he’d be willing to give tech-savvy officers the option of trying a weapon that can be fired only by its authenticated owner.

“Officer safety is huge, so you wouldn’t want to compel that upon officers,” Suhr said. “But we have so many officers who are so into technology, I am all but certain there are officers that would be willing to do such a pilot.”

Suhr spoke at a news conference preceding the San Francisco Smart Gun Symposium, which focused on a technology that so far has generated more hope and controversy than sales. The event was sponsored by the Smart Tech Challenges Foundation, which is funding smart-gun entrepreneurs, and Washington CeaseFire, an anti-gun-violence group, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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HRPufnstuf @ 2/25/2016 1:15 PM

Kalifornia is the armpit of the United States. And San Francisco is the armpit of Kalifornia. And they both stink.

J.Johnson-Retired LEO @ 2/25/2016 1:40 PM

I bet all the officers are so excited to place their life in the hands of untried technology or could it be that they are the "test subjects". We know how much San Francisco values the lives of their police officers and should a couple suffer serious injury or death, while working the bugs out, it was OK for it was for science. And beside what's a couple of cops lives in the scheme of things and for the pursuit of "safe" firearms so that all others can be called "unsafe and dangerous" and therefore be banned. Thank God I'm in Texas.

madmack1008 @ 2/25/2016 10:13 PM

This Chief, if he believes so strongly that it's a good idea, should volunteer to work the street...the worst area of his division... for at least a month, with a "smart" gun as his sidearm. And he should do so on afternoons and midnights, with no extra backup available, just like his road doggies. Until that happens, I call shenanigans.

madmack1008 @ 2/25/2016 10:15 PM

Unless the chief is willing to work the road, all shifts, no extra backup on call, with one of these pieces of crap as the only available sidearm, I call shenanigans.

Capt. Mac @ 2/28/2016 7:46 AM

Note that he said, "the option," to try a smart gun; and also qualified his offer by stating, "once the technology is more fully developed." I was at a demonstration where they fired a smart gun, oops, TRIED to fire a smart gun. It only worked about 50% of the time... Folks, it will be a while. Unless your personnel are into Russian Roulette.

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