You may have heard of the cutting edge technology soon proposed to come with your newest firearm purchases – fingerprint safeties. Now however, the group that has created such an accessory has recently submitted a patent for a satellite operated kill switch as well.
Armatix GmbH recently came out with the fingerprint mechanism a while back and have been striving to make it completely operational. Although it shows progress, its accuracy and efficiency have yet to be perfected.
Many of those who’ve tested the product aren’t able, with 100% accuracy, to unlock their weapons – a hassle a dangerous real-life scenario would have no leniency for. Along with this, others fear that things like battery life could get in the way of the times wherein guns are absolutely critical in being operational.
The product makes sense as if a weapon is dropped, lost, or stolen, it is rendered literally useless as it cannot, nor will it, fire without the original fingerprint. That being said, the seconds it could take to make the gun fire due to its added complexity could be the difference between life or death.
Now however, the company is aiming at rendering the guns useless no matter the fingerprint depressed on the scanner via a kill switch. According to the recently submitted patent:
Preferably, the apparatus of the invention can be controlled remotely, for example via satellite and can send information to a satellite.
Preferably the device, such as a clock, also equipped with a GPS satellite transmitter and meadow preferably covers at least one of the following functions:
Operating conditions, such as a weapon (who, when fired) are placed on the establishment of the satellite to a central office
Target means, for example a weapon, the device can, for example, a clock can be remotely activated
Target device, such as a gun can be unlocked by means of a built-in GPS transmitter in it only in certain places.
Thinking long run, you could see how this kind of technology could be helpful to law enforcement personnel. Let’s just give the hypothetical here that these are the only guns on the streets – gun crimes would most likely plummet, and those that do commit crimes, would be tracked via fingerprint and gps.
And we’re just ignoring the other unconstitutionalities that are involved here, but you get the point.
The question is; who is going to be in control of these kill switches? Surely the government? Either way, in the future, if the aforementioned scenario were ever a reality, what would stop the government from hitting that switch at a moment’s notice and rendering the population disarmed?
The Libertarian Republic, summed it up nicely when they said, “when they can remotely choose the time and place gun owners can exercise their Second Amendment rights, those rights are all but lost.”
What do you guys think – is this too far, or would something like this be useful in a law enforcement situation? Or, do the negatives outweigh the positives here? Let us know in the comments below.