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  • I was speaking to a law enforcement officer.

  • He came home from a bad day at work, and left his gun on the kitchen table.

  • And when he was in the other room, he fell asleep,

  • and his kid found the gun.

  • His wife was able to intervene and take the firearm away from his kid,

  • and so nothing happened.

  • But let’s say his wife hadn’t been home.

  • That could have been a very very bad situation.

  • If that had been a smart gun, it would have been different.

  • With a smart gun, the kid finds the gun, it’s gonna be locked.

  • We want change! We want change!

  • Americans have never been more politically engaged on the issue of gun violence.

  • And yet, attempts at widespread gun control laws keep hitting a brick wall.

  • As the gun debate rages on, some are considering a different kind of solution

  • one that could have a huge impact on certain kinds of gun violence.

  • A smart gun is a gun that can only be used by the owner, either because

  • of biometrics, that is, fingerprint, or some other technology.

  • Smart guns could prevent thousands of suicides, let’s start there.

  • If a teenager wants to kill himself and the easiest means is their father or mother’s

  • gun, theyre unable to do that.

  • It wouldn’t stop all mass shootings, but it would stop some of them, because so often

  • in mass shootings, the young man is using a gun that isn’t actually theirs.

  • So smart guns could have a profound effect in terms of gun safety in America.

  • My name is Kai Kloepfer. I’m the founder of Biofire Technologies,

  • an early-stage startup based here in Boston.

  • Basically what were doing is incorporating fingerprint sensors or other authentication methods into firearms.

  • Our prototype, as far as I know it’s the first fingerprint smartgun in the world.

  • So weve got our live-fire prototype here.

  • What this is is weve taken an off-the-shelf firearm and incorporated

  • all of our technology into it.

  • So uh, this is my teammate Luke.

  • Weve got this here, it’s programmed to me.

  • And so if I hand it to you here, um got it?

  • And you put your finger on the sensor here, it’s just gonna flash white.

  • So no matter how much he pulls on the trigger, it’s just gonna be completely locked.

  • But if I take it, and do the exact same thing, it’s gonna go red.

  • And what that means is if I close the slide here, it’s gonna fire.

  • I’ve been involved in the smart gun space for about 6 years now.

  • I originally got into it as a sophomore in high school.

  • I thought, well of course smart guns are gonna work.

  • Like, I understand the technology, and I’ve shot guns, I’ve used guns in the past.

  • There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to combine these, right?

  • It turns out that, at the time, if I’d talked to pretty much anybody, most people would

  • have probably told me that was impossible.

  • There is no smart gun available in the United States today, because

  • 2nd amendment absolutists are vehemently opposed to smart guns.

  • A safe gun is one that fires when you pull the trigger every single time.

  • If tech companies can’t make electronics that are 100% reliable, how are

  • firearms companies supposed to do it?

  • When you need a firearm, there is zero time to be messing with rebooting your gun.

  • The government could turn these things off.

  • They could be like, well, there’s a natural disaster in Florida, let’s turn all the

  • guns off for a while, for their own protection.

  • I swear, if one more liberal tells me how I have to live my life, my head’s gonna explode!

  • As if this basic level of mistrust weren’t enough, one state’s attempt to mandate

  • smart gun technology has made things even worse.

  • There’s a law that was passed in New Jersey, it’s called the Childproof Handgun Act,

  • that says that in New Jersey, once a smart gun is available anywhere in the United

  • States, all guns sold in New Jersey after a certain time period have to be smart guns.

  • So if you try to sell a firearm in, say, Texas – a smart gunthat is going to trigger

  • the New Jersey law.

  • What that did was, anytime someone has thought about selling a smart gun anywhere in the

  • United States, there’s been some pushback.

  • There are several instances in recent years where a store had decided they were

  • going to carry a smart gun from Europe.

  • And because of New Jersey, the store owner received so many threats of violence against him

  • that he decided not to carry the smart gun.

  • So basically mob violence has kept smart guns off the market.

  • New Jersey, everybody involved, including the state senators that initially

  • introduced the bill, have realized that it didn’t quite work the way they intended.

  • So that law is in the final stages of being repealed; that is on its way out the door.

  • This technology can only have impact if people are choosing to buy it

  • instead of traditional firearms.

  • We would much rather have the opportunity to get this out there and prove to people

  • that it’s a superior product that people want to buy.

  • All right, well were about to do a live fire demo here.

  • You can see if I put my finger on it, it’s gonna go red.

  • And then when I come up here to fire

  • And that’s sort of all there is to it.

  • NARR: Kai still faces a lot of challenges.

  • Many potential buyers could be put off by the unreliability of fingerprint readers under

  • wet or dirty conditions.

  • And past attempts at smart guns have been unaffordable for most buyers,

  • because of the high-tech electronics involved.

  • But if his startup can get a smart gun on the market, it just might inspire

  • bigger gun companies to do the same.

  • The gun industry’s in a slump now, a terrible slump.

  • The great irony of course is that the president, Donald Trump, is a big gun supporter.

  • And that’s the reason so many fewer guns are being sold, ‘cause gun owners aren’t afraid

  • anymore that someone’s gonna take their gun away.

  • So one really strong reason for getting a smart gun on the market

  • is that it’s a new technology, and it’s a new product.

  • I think it’s inevitable that smart guns will take their place alongside

  • not-smart guns in America.

  • Actually solving gun violence is gonna be a big task.

  • You know, this is not something that can be solved just with smart guns.

  • But I think technology has a role to play.

  • If I can even save one life, I think that’s worth it at the end of the day.

  • And this honestly has the opportunity to save a lot more than that.

I was speaking to a law enforcement officer.

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