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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Federal Bill Would Mandate “Smart” Guns In 5 Years

We’ve told you before about U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a gun-ban legislator who has never seen a restrictive firearm law she doesn’t like.

Now Maloney has introduced an outlandish measure in the U.S. Congress requiring that within five years all newly manufactured handguns sold in the country include technology enabling only authorized users to fire the gun. The bill, H.R. 2380, would also require that existing handguns would have to be retrofitted with similar technology within 10 years.

“Even if the technology existed—and it does not yet—this bill absurdly mandates that firearms sold decades ago be retrofitted,” Larry Keane, senior vice president of government and public affairs for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, wrote in an email. “It is like asking Ford to retrofit a Model T with ABS brakes. It demonstrates this bill is not serious and is just an exercise in political grandstanding.”

While the measure is expected to die in committee, the fact that it was even introduced is a good illustration of how far some gun-ban advocates are willing to go to curtail the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans.