Gun Safety Technologies: A Review of Smart Guns and Personalized Firearms (Plus Accompanying CD-ROM)


Ismael D. Harman (Editor)

Series: Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement and Corrections, Safety and Risk in Society
BISAC: HIS027080

When such an issue with deep and powerful cultural resonance as firearms is given the full attention of the nation, the challenges involved with confronting the complex interconnectedness of law, public safety, constitutional rights, policy, technology, market forces and other concerns seem only amplified. With careful consideration, however, untangling the various components of the issue is possible, and an investigation of technology can be accomplished with minimal diversion into the other realms.

This book examines existing and emerging gun safety technologies and their availability and use to provide a comprehensive perspective on firearms with integrated advanced safety technologies. These firearms are known by various terms such as smart guns, user-authorized handguns, childproof guns and personalized firearms. A “personalized firearm” can be understood to utilize integrated components that exclusively permit an authorized user or set of users to operate or fire the gun and automatically deactivate it under a set of specific circumstances, reducing the chances of accidental or purposeful use by an unauthorized user. Accompanying this book is a CD-ROM examining the Smart Gun Technology Project and updates. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

A Review of Gun Safety Technologies
(Mark Greene)

1. Highlights pp.1

2. About the Book pp.2-3

3. Developing the Book pp.4-6

4. Acknowledgements pp.7

5. Executive Summary pp.7-12

6. A Perspective on Risk, Reliability, and Person-centric Technologies pp.12-16

7. Technologies for User Authorization pp.16-19

8. Technology Readiness Levels pp.19-20

9. Technology Quick Reference Tables pp.21-25

10. Technology Developers pp.25-61

11. Online Resources pp.61-63

12. Glossary of Acronyms Used pp.63-65

13. References pp.65-71

Accompanying CD-ROM Table of Contents:

Smart Gun Technology Project Final Report
(D.R. Weiss, Sandia National Laboratories)

“Smart Gun” Technology Update
(John W. Wirsbinski, Sandia National Laboratories)

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