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Biofire Technologies has unveiled a new “Smart Gun;” a gun that can only be fired after quickly verifying the shooter’s identity with fingerprint and facial recognition technology.
The company said they believe technology can assist in reducing “accidents, criminal misuse, suicides, and other tragic outcomes.”
“Biofire’s proprietary Guardian Biometric Engine uses integrated fingerprint and 3D facial recognition systems to verify your identity in any situation. Instantly unlock your firearm just by picking it up – no codes, buttons, or gadgets required,” Biofire said in a statement.
The weapon reportedly works even if the user is wearing gloves or a face covering, according to ktvu.com.
Biofire said they created the Smart Gun so that owners “never have to choose between safe storage and instant access.” The firearm will be “instantly accessible using lightning-fast biometrics” and functions like any other gun but designed for home defense.
Firearm-related accidents, suicides, and homicides are the leading cause of death for children in the U.S., Biofire cited. Almost half of American children surveyed said they could access weapons that their parents believe were secured within a couple of hours, according to one study referenced by Biofire.
While the aim is to minimize deaths, adding more guns to the hundreds of millions already in circulation carries its own risk—especially if people who wouldn’t purchase a standard gun decide to buy a smart gun. The presence of a gun increases the risk of deaths by suicide and accidental shootings, said Adam Skaggs, vice president of Giffords Law Center, citing numerous research studies.