| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

This Smart Gun Could Save Lives

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, they’re 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 we’re 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 we’ve got our live-fire prototype here. What this is is we’ve taken an off-the-shelf
firearm and incorporated all of our technology into it. So uh, this is my teammate Luke. We’ve 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 gun – that 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 we’re 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.



Aug 8, 2019, 3:56 am Reply

Why would you leave your gun out on the table any way

Nathan Campos

Aug 8, 2019, 12:06 am Reply

I feel bad for whatever chump decides to buy this thing. When he is going to need it in a stressful situation the reader wont be able to read their sweaty finger.


Aug 8, 2019, 8:22 am Reply

If you believe that bullshit your dumber thsn i amgonna have to charge my defense weapon before it will work? Battery goes bad you gotta buy a new one waste of cash and is gonna hurt a lot of revenue i really do hope america fails very soon so i can laugh at it


Aug 8, 2019, 11:09 am Reply

The incident with the kid…. That's the fathers fault for leaving an unsecured firearm within reach of his child. He should know better.


Aug 8, 2019, 12:35 pm Reply

This is the worst idea humanity has had so far

Governed protected means to attack and defend

Motherfucker they gon’ make it illegal to use clenched fist if we keep going this way

I’m not even an american gun loving nutjob, I’m a dude from Europe where we don’t even have guns, nor do we really need them, and i can see this is an absolutely batshit idea

Jack Harper

Aug 8, 2019, 2:16 pm Reply

Democrats are the only people that are responsible for mistrust that gun owners have for the government.

Jack Harper

Aug 8, 2019, 2:18 pm Reply

I’m supportive of this technology, but gun owners should have the choice to purchase these kind of guns. They shouldn’t be forced on the American gun owners.


Aug 8, 2019, 3:06 pm Reply

A gun especially hand gun generates tremendous forces that little chips and circuits may not tolerate. Try shooting shitty optic on a 9mm. It’s a canon, I’m sure it will last a few rounds, a few hundred, but I shoot my guns by the thousands. Why can’t a iPhone survive a fall?

850’s Pirates

Aug 8, 2019, 3:23 pm Reply

Ahhh yes cause we all know that no one ever wears gloves! No one ever conceal carries in the north with gloves said no one. What if it’s a high stress situation and you don’t grab the gun in just the right way?


Aug 8, 2019, 4:57 pm Reply

If we are all forced to have chipped guns an EMP would disarm this country in a second
Do they realize this?
If they do now we know their motive
Does it get scarier?

Great idea…..must never become mandatory

Seth Herman

Aug 8, 2019, 12:39 am Reply

Smart guns do not save lives you idiots it makes it even harder to access in a situation you actually need it that would cause more gun deaths. 500,000 to 3 million lives on average are saved by guns each year if everyone switched to smart guns criminals would have the upper hand they already do against law abiding citizens it’s just another way the government tries to take your freedom and become more tyrannical

Korbin Simons

Aug 8, 2019, 3:54 am Reply

Smart guns are straight bull sh*t.

Great Gonzous

Aug 8, 2019, 6:53 am Reply

Bloomberg is a business man, let's look into how he could profit from these bogus "smart" guns.

Great Gonzous

Aug 8, 2019, 6:56 am Reply

It is August 11, 2019.

Where in the entire world is still smart gun actually commercially working?

Great Gonzous

Aug 8, 2019, 6:59 am Reply

That smirking old guy who sounds as dog stupid as he looks. Can he really believe the crap he was clearly hired to say?


Aug 8, 2019, 4:27 pm Reply

This is dumb, and these people are dumb. There, just relieve them of their lives because they are dumb. Problem solved.


Aug 8, 2019, 4:32 pm Reply

Alcohol, tobacco, cancer, and heart disease kill millions more than "gun violence" it isn't even a blimp on the radar vs those atrocities. Why don't you solve that issue first before impeding Americans rights?

little bill

Aug 8, 2019, 12:55 am Reply

Guns without fingerprints are the same as cars without seatbelts and airbags and pretty much no ignition keys

Cousin Omar

Aug 8, 2019, 1:37 am Reply

Guns jam don't they. There's dud bullets aren't there. Guns malfunction all the time.

Nate Calfee

Aug 8, 2019, 2:04 am Reply

Dumbest bullshit idea ever probably invented by a liberal ! I can see it now big brother presses a button and disables your gun ! No thanks nice try government liberal dumbasses I'll keep mine standard !fuckin idiots

Aj Holmes

Aug 8, 2019, 1:05 pm Reply

Perfect example of liberal brain washing thanks Bloomberg for providing us with more disinformation and fake news with your optimistic piece that polishes this turd you call a smart gun and highlights those with real and valid concerns in a bad way

Joseph Seibert

Aug 8, 2019, 2:35 pm Reply

Will it work wet,if my hands are wet,with gloves on, after dropped in mud or snow,with blood on my hands? Seriously doubt it

30 ART 5

Aug 8, 2019, 3:40 pm Reply

Kid: sees gun
Kid: grabs gun
Kid: does not put finger on trigger when handling gun

Me: ok, at least he knows something.

30 ART 5

Aug 8, 2019, 3:42 pm Reply

Dude: with my finger here, it turns red
Dude: fires shots
Dude: and that is at that is to it

Me: my guns do the same damn thing, and they dont have to be charged


Aug 8, 2019, 5:23 am Reply

0 demand

Will H

Aug 8, 2019, 4:36 pm Reply

Do bloombergs body guards use smart guns?????
Yeah i didnt think so!!!!
Hell i would bet they even carry machine guns!!!


Aug 8, 2019, 2:21 pm Reply

more than a year later and smart guns still aren't common place. Why? Could it be that they are ineffective and their "safe guards" too easily bypassed? Also, recent experience with a new bedside, biometrically locked pistol safe has shown me just how unreliable fingerprint readers can be.

When it comes to reliable operation, simple is better. What it means for gun owners is that we have to remain vigilant at all times. The cop who left his sidearm on the table failed in that respect and is a lesson we all should learn from.

Nathan 556

Aug 8, 2019, 4:21 pm Reply

We should also have smart ropes to stop suicides.

Nathan 556

Aug 8, 2019, 4:29 pm Reply

Problems with this tech
1. Unreliability caused by Introducing digital technology to a mechanical one. Which has recoil, damaging electronics.
2. If battery is dead, your gun is also dead.
3.For someone wanting to commit suicides and murders. They can spend the time disabling it.
4. Increased prices
5. As stated in the video. Those who think self defence with firearm is unnecessary will use this tech to make it harder to aquire or use firearms.

Gun safes and firearm safety education are much better choices

weston gilliam

Aug 8, 2019, 6:34 pm Reply

Lies. Those will malfunction when you need them most

FloppyBeagle 926

Aug 8, 2019, 9:49 pm Reply

Smart guns are just another way for tyrants to restrict rights

Durango Smith

Aug 8, 2019, 10:03 pm Reply

Fuck you brainwashing propaganda

Bruce Burger

Aug 8, 2019, 10:40 pm Reply

If a smart gun is anything like a smart cell phone , they are a piece of Junk !!! Period End of Story !!! There is Nothing Smart about either one of them !!!

John Garibay

Aug 8, 2019, 11:37 pm Reply

That dudes gonna be a freakin huuuuuge millionaire soon enough…well, if he aint one yet that is….

Thomas Kremers

Aug 8, 2019, 1:10 am Reply

Guns can have mechanical failures add something like this just increases the possibility of a failure

Rippin’ Lips

Aug 8, 2019, 11:25 pm Reply

Or it could make lives worse, when someone needs a gun to protect themselves they can’t because it’s broken.

gage hall

Aug 8, 2019, 4:30 am Reply

me trying to defend myself

Smart gun: 0% battery please charge

Anthony Lane

Aug 8, 2019, 6:13 am Reply

Intruder: breaks in to try to kill me
Smart gun: battery low.
Me, to the intruder, completely nude with a spear in my hands: better get ready, my gun doesn’t work. Things are about to get GRUesome.

Celtis Africana

Aug 8, 2019, 7:19 pm Reply

Firearms don't kill more than 30k Americans annually… Americans (mostly) do… people are the problem, not the tools. I'd choose a knife or a hammer over a firearm anyday

Celtis Africana

Aug 8, 2019, 7:24 pm Reply

Oh, by the way… ask a New York cop who's walked the beat in the deep of winter how well a fingerprint reader works through gloves

Vault Ceeper

Aug 8, 2019, 9:10 pm Reply

But one problem they are expensive and they can be hacked like computers

Don Jon

Aug 8, 2019, 7:33 pm Reply

This is a great idea and a step in the right direction.


Aug 8, 2019, 1:40 pm Reply

This isn't going to save lives at all! Tell me how many criminals plans to upgrade their tried and true "stupid" gun for one of these "smart" guns? Its ok I'll wait………….. This is going to cost innocent lives at all turns!

A Keller

Aug 8, 2019, 6:29 pm Reply

I think Mr. Bloomberg should require all of his body guards to be equipped with smart guns only. Lead by example!

Josh Martinez

Aug 8, 2019, 2:34 am Reply

Me about to shoot someone

Gun:get 500$ and well talk


Aug 8, 2019, 6:14 am Reply

this guns can still be hacked there a hole video on it

Mike Dog Vlogs

Aug 8, 2019, 5:38 am Reply

If you toke you safety tests then you should now this quote "It is a mechanical device it will fail" just like the fingerprint it is a mechanical device and it will fail

ShiftingGear OTP

Aug 8, 2019, 6:33 pm Reply


Thomas Alexander

Aug 8, 2019, 2:17 am Reply

This video sucks

Flipped Flops

Aug 8, 2019, 2:41 am Reply

How about we invent something called a smart human?


Aug 8, 2019, 1:38 am Reply

My iPhone finger print censor doesn’t work all the time, especially if there’s any sort of dust or liquid on my finger.
If you own a gun solely for sporting than I see this as a decent idea, but I would NEVER trust a gun like this for self defense…

kevin button

Aug 8, 2019, 7:47 am Reply

This clown put a 1911 magazine into a glock ??

Marco Bettis

Sep 9, 2019, 10:03 am Reply

# nosmartgun

Australia Bradshaw

Sep 9, 2019, 9:05 am Reply

I don't like it


Sep 9, 2019, 5:20 pm Reply

What happens when smart guns are mandatory and then an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) goes off and within two seconds the entire country is disarmed?
It's a chipped gun

Whoever is pushing chipped guns either doesn't understand the danger or is in on it.
Sounds like this govt wants to disarm everyone and chipped guns will do it in seconds ……I know….invented the chipped gun many years ago and a German company beat me to the patent by months…..this country allowed a German company to patent the first chipped gun in the USA
If that's not treasonous I don't know what is
I can prove all of this….I had the provisional
I've since invented something to stop this chipped gun madness but I can't get it out there without at least a half a million …..so
We're at the mercy of crazy people



Sep 9, 2019, 5:29 pm Reply

DONT EVER let these chipped guns become mandatory for ANY reason.

ur dad with the FBI

Sep 9, 2019, 8:24 pm Reply

THATS it im making a smart knife.


Sep 9, 2019, 11:32 pm Reply

Just be responsible


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Charles Bumgarner

Sep 9, 2019, 2:43 pm Reply

Cartoon gun

Abu Savage

Sep 9, 2019, 10:25 pm Reply

I don’t know how to feel about this. No doubt their intentions are noble, but using software to over-engineer a simple machine creates a whole variable of issues. Not to mention imagine if someone hacked your gun


Sep 9, 2019, 8:03 pm Reply

Mob violence? Where was the violence and don't you think it's more on law makers and their stupid laws.


Sep 9, 2019, 8:05 pm Reply

Also after a few hot cartridges the tech and wires may melt.

Paul Velez

Sep 9, 2019, 4:40 pm Reply

No need for this biometrics are to much of a risk for anyone

Dom Numba9

Sep 9, 2019, 3:43 pm Reply

If a kid wants to kill himself he can hang himself stab himself jump out a window jump in front of a car hold his breathe drown beat his head on the wall all these other ways of suicide but they dont stop making knives cars pools or walls

Jared Daniels

Sep 9, 2019, 9:33 pm Reply

The child should have been taught how to handle a firearm, or leave it alone.

Blake VanDamage

Sep 9, 2019, 8:11 pm Reply

Yeah that'll be the day hah… hackers galore

Blake VanDamage

Sep 9, 2019, 8:14 pm Reply

Ohh guess who march for our lives I couldn't have guessed they were on the side of these guns hahaha what a joke

Blake VanDamage

Sep 9, 2019, 8:20 pm Reply

I dont need electronic this and electronic that no wonder 2nd amendment advocates dont want them I dont either they are stupid and basically a company trying to make money off of something that already works perfectly fine I dont want a smart gun and a electric car, what's next a robot walking around I'm my house?

Blake VanDamage

Sep 9, 2019, 8:30 pm Reply

"Hey officer" throws napkin on gun rushes" as easy as that


Sep 9, 2019, 2:57 am Reply

How about just no guns, hmm? No killings or suicides?

Porschen Hund

Sep 9, 2019, 7:21 am Reply

Fantastic solution !

Bubble Gum

Sep 9, 2019, 7:03 pm Reply


Mustang Lyfe 2.0

Sep 9, 2019, 6:38 am Reply

How are you supposed to teach shooting to someone or take turns at the range? This is absolutely the most unsafe idea I have ever heard of

Jon yourmom

Sep 9, 2019, 5:01 pm Reply

Left his gun on the kitchen table?……..

Send Coochi

Sep 9, 2019, 9:16 pm Reply

i dont think this is a bad idea


Sep 9, 2019, 11:05 pm Reply

of all the people that should know not to leave a loaded fire arm out in the open I would think its a fricking police officer………. So we now have guys like Ty who have no fricking idea about guns. How about people want a smart gun buy them and people that don't want them keep theirs.

Ameerul Aqmal Malek

Oct 10, 2019, 6:45 pm Reply

Andrew yang brought me here

John Cooper

Oct 10, 2019, 10:19 pm Reply

HE's asleep some breaks in wow his wife is dead because only he can use the pistole ! real smart


Oct 10, 2019, 4:32 pm Reply


Olboy BadMusic

Oct 10, 2019, 4:30 am Reply

lol this is fucking stupid

a rea list

Oct 10, 2019, 8:56 am Reply

useless video… skip to 6:15

a rea list

Oct 10, 2019, 8:58 am Reply

i dont think the secret service will use this to protect those politicians who are trying to pass it into law to screw US not THEM

a rea list

Oct 10, 2019, 8:59 am Reply

SMART = stupid

Stanley Howe

Oct 10, 2019, 12:23 am Reply

no one is going to buy this over a regular glock what if you have gloves on… what if your hands are muddy no thanks…

Steve Castillo

Oct 10, 2019, 2:46 pm Reply

Smart guns?! More like retarded guns, am I right? ??


Oct 10, 2019, 1:58 am Reply

Where can I buy this at

Shawn Sears

Oct 10, 2019, 1:04 pm Reply

And if dad taught his kid gun safety and took him to the range a few times a year then the kid would shrug his shoulders and think "hmmm, Dad left his gun on the table."

Shawn Sears

Oct 10, 2019, 1:23 pm Reply

Non gun enthusiast soy boys.
Fat guy has a small panic attack when he sees the gun and recoils in fear when it's handed to him.
Skinny guy shoots so limp wristed that I'm surprised the gun cycled. Credit to Glock.

Uncle Sam

Oct 10, 2019, 7:19 am Reply

how stupid can they be

Ihave Aheadache

Oct 10, 2019, 12:24 am Reply

That Glock has seen better days. I don't think the cop actually shoots it, looks like the majority of it's use is pistol whipping.

Etzio Cummings

Oct 10, 2019, 11:31 am Reply

I dont like anything smart now adays


Oct 10, 2019, 2:14 am Reply

When my phone can recognize my fingerprint every time without fail then I’ll trust this stuff


Oct 10, 2019, 8:18 am Reply

When the battery dies it's a regular ass gun again lol

Ray Hinman

Oct 10, 2019, 4:37 pm Reply

You my friend are a fucking moron.

Devilman: Crybaby

Oct 10, 2019, 5:30 pm Reply

Thx you german law against fire arms! ???

Mr. Chubbs

Oct 10, 2019, 3:51 am Reply

Am I the only one or does everyone else just love revolvers

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