Police and a local gun shop owner do not want "smart guns"

1 year 3 weeks 5 days ago May 02, 2016 May 2, 2016 Monday, May 02 2016 Monday, May 02, 2016 2:06:00 PM CDT in News
By: Alyssa Casares, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Local law enforcement, and one gun shop owner, voiced their opinions after the White House released a progress report on its effort to put smart gun technology in the hands of gun owners.

President Obama started working to boost the development of smart gun and gun safety technology in January.

“If we can set it up so you can’t unlock your phone unless you’ve got the right fingerprint, why can’t we do the same thing for our guns?" Obama said. "If a child can’t open a bottle of aspirin, we should make sure that they can’t pull a trigger on a gun.”

Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum requiring the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Justice to prepare a report outlining a strategy to speed up "the real-world deployment of smart gun technology."

Dale Roberts works for the Columbia Police Officers Association said the technology could hold law enforcement back. 

"The theory is there's some kind of key fob, a ring, a bracelet, something of that sort that activates the gun," Roberts said. "If that piece of equipment isn't around or working range of the gun then the gun won't work.

The report listed three potential benefits of the technology including limiting “takeaways” during law enforcement operations, limiting misuse of lost and stolen law enforcement firearms and limit accidental off-duty discharges by officers’ children and other family members. 

Larry Wayland owns Modern Arms and said adding a layer of technology to a gun doesn't seem like the safest thing to do.

"I don't know how many times I've grabbed my smart phone and I've had to wait for the latest update before I was able to use it," Wayland said. "In a life and death situation, waiting on an update for my smart gun to be ready to use doesn't seem like a very reasonable direction to be going in."

The report highlights where the agencies are at in the process.

The "DOJ and DHS have begun a process to define, for the first time, the requirements that manufacturers would need to meet for federal, state, and municipal law enforcement agencies to consider purchasing firearms with enhanced safety technology," the release said. "They’ve committed to completing that process by October, and will also identify agencies interested in taking part in a pilot program to develop the technology."

Roberts said he does not think law enforcement shouldn't be the ones to test the new equipment if it were to be released.

"This is new technology that potentially is extraordinarily dangerous," Roberts said. "So it puts a law enforcement office in a great deal of danger if the firearm doesn't work."

But, the development would not require law enforcement to use the gun.

"This report calls for the development of new technology and not a mandate that any particular individual or law enforcement agency adopt the technology once developed," the report said.

A 2013 National Institute of Justice report noted the Department of Justice issued at least $12.6 million in grants to support the technology over the past two decades.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Hundreds celebrated the historic aspect of Memorial Day at the Columbia Cemetery Monday. Attendees traveled from grave... More >>
45 minutes ago May 29, 2017 May 29, 2017 Monday, May 29 2017 Monday, May 29, 2017 5:19:00 PM CDT in News
RAYTOWN (AP) — A Jackson County sheriff's deputy shot and killed a suspected shoplifter at a Wal-Mart in a Kansas... More >>
48 minutes ago May 29, 2017 May 29, 2017 Monday, May 29 2017 Monday, May 29, 2017 5:16:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Kansas City police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found near a... More >>
1 hour ago May 29, 2017 May 29, 2017 Monday, May 29 2017 Monday, May 29, 2017 4:16:52 PM CDT in News
AUXVASSE - A horse trainer is taking her skills as a behavior analyst and applying them to horses. This fundamental... More >>
3 hours ago May 29, 2017 May 29, 2017 Monday, May 29 2017 Monday, May 29, 2017 2:54:00 PM CDT in News
PORTAGEVILLE (AP) — A new clue has emerged in the killings of a southeast Missouri woman and her daughter nearly... More >>
4 hours ago May 29, 2017 May 29, 2017 Monday, May 29 2017 Monday, May 29, 2017 2:01:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Many Americans spend Memorial Day taking time to honor those who have served and fallen for this country.... More >>
4 hours ago May 29, 2017 May 29, 2017 Monday, May 29 2017 Monday, May 29, 2017 1:47:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia hosted the biggest Salute to Veterans Memorial Day Parade in the event's 29 years of history. ... More >>
5 hours ago May 29, 2017 May 29, 2017 Monday, May 29 2017 Monday, May 29, 2017 12:57:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA- The Columbia Police Department is joining forces with the You Have Options Program to counter sexual assault. The... More >>
10 hours ago May 29, 2017 May 29, 2017 Monday, May 29 2017 Monday, May 29, 2017 7:26:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A class-action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of about 80 inmates serving life sentences in... More >>
11 hours ago May 29, 2017 May 29, 2017 Monday, May 29 2017 Monday, May 29, 2017 6:55:41 AM CDT in News
SEDALIA (AP) — A central Missouri man has been ordered to spend 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to... More >>
11 hours ago May 29, 2017 May 29, 2017 Monday, May 29 2017 Monday, May 29, 2017 6:12:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – The MU Veterinary Health Center recently added a new section - the Motion Analysis Laboratory - to track... More >>
20 hours ago May 28, 2017 May 28, 2017 Sunday, May 28 2017 Sunday, May 28, 2017 9:46:00 PM CDT in News
MORGAN COUNTY - The National Weather Service (NWS) from Springfield, Missouri has conducted a review of damage in extreme southeastern... More >>
23 hours ago May 28, 2017 May 28, 2017 Sunday, May 28 2017 Sunday, May 28, 2017 6:09:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
COLUMBIA – Volunteer security guards and local police officers are making sure the 29 th Annual Salute to Veterans Air... More >>
1 day ago May 28, 2017 May 28, 2017 Sunday, May 28 2017 Sunday, May 28, 2017 1:43:00 PM CDT in News
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities have recovered two bodies and are searching for a third person after their vehicle was... More >>
1 day ago May 28, 2017 May 28, 2017 Sunday, May 28 2017 Sunday, May 28, 2017 1:38:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Relatives of two of four people killed when a steam-filled tank weighing nearly 2,000 pounds (900... More >>
1 day ago May 28, 2017 May 28, 2017 Sunday, May 28 2017 Sunday, May 28, 2017 1:33:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say a man who barricaded himself inside a home repeatedly fired at officers... More >>
1 day ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 6:54:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City, Missouri, police say they are searching for a man who shot two people,... More >>
1 day ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 6:46:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A new business pushes its clients to their limit and has them sweating bullets. Two former NFL... More >>
2 days ago May 27, 2017 May 27, 2017 Saturday, May 27 2017 Saturday, May 27, 2017 5:06:00 PM CDT in Sports
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 80°
6pm 81°
7pm 78°
8pm 73°
9pm 68°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

5:30p
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
6:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 6
6:30p
Wheel of Fortune
5:30p
American Dad!
6:00p
Family Guy
6:30p
Family Guy

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
2017 Stanley Cup Final
7:00p
Supergirl
8:00p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
8:30p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld