Can a blockchain-IoT hybrid finally give us smart guns?
Cate Lawrence

I strongly suspect that very few of the people proposing this have ever taken a gun apart for cleaning. A lot of stuff has to be disassembled, including the trigger mechanism.

Ultimately, whatever kind of gun it is has to have a mechanism that blocks the trigger, much like the trigger safety switch. Those safety switches can be defeated. In fact, normal wear and tear can defeat a safety switch. That’s why I instruct my students not to depend upon that safety switch for anything.

The notion that a crook couldn’t ever use such a gun is ignorant to the extreme. On the other hand, these mechanisms also incur a delay while it operates the solenoid or turns a cam. That split second delay while taking a shot can cause it to go awry.

Furthermore, even if I were to put the argument about impracticality aside, how would one demonstrate this gun to a customer or use it to teach a student at the range how they work? Finally, what if the block chain is compromised or confiscated by government?

One of the key points about owning a gun is that it be useful with or without a functional government or infrastructure of any sort. Expecting a government to behave itself when they can disable entire classes of guns is a dictator’s dream come true. It is truly an infringement upon the right to keep and bear arms.

Thus, the state of New Jersey’s notion that such guns be the ONLY guns allowed to be sold in the state is profoundly ignorant and probably unconstitutional. This is one of those ideas that only looks good in movies and in the minds of people who have almost no experience with firearms.

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