N.J. Might Make “Smart Gun” Mandate Smarter—By Scrapping It

posted on May 15, 2015

Garden State lawmakers are reportedly considering a repeal of the 2002 law they passed, but never implemented, requiring so-called “smart gun” technology—which doesn’t exist—on handguns sold in the state.

Under New Jersey’s naively-named “Childproof Gun Law,” as soon as at least one manufacturer has delivered at least one handgun anywhere in the U.S. that “can only be fired by an authorized or recognized user,” any sale of any handgun that lacks such technology will be illegal three years thereafter.

Lawmakers apparently lacked faith in the law when they passed it, since they exempted law-enforcement personnel from its dictates. Now, more than a decade later, with no magical, sentient “smart guns” on the horizon, they apparently have even less faith in their supposedly well intentioned, but poorly thought-out, law. 

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