Gun owners in America have been hesitant to jump on the smart gun bandwagon as of yet, but one company in Philadelphia hopes to change all that.
The very concept of a smart gun seems a bit counterintuitive to the 2nd Amendment. Really, anything that complicates the way that our citizens interact with their firearms could be construed as such, but the idea of ID verification in order to pull the trigger is far too corruptible an idea for many.
That’s where LodeStar comes in.
The Philadelphia based company is attempting to bring the simplicity back to smart gun technology, and is righteously pushing their product as an option for the nation’s private arsenal – not the end-all, be-all of American guns.
“The Philadelphia-based LodeStar Firearms is developing a smart handgun that will be chambered in consumer-friendly 9mm and equipped with radio frequency identification (RFID) technology designed to thwart hackers, its chief executive officer, Gareth Glaser, told The Trace. The as-yet-unnamed weapon will retail for roughly $750 — about half the price of the Armatix iP1, the most well-known smart gun — and will likely be available to purchase by 2019. LodeStar’s gun is designed by Ernst Mauch, a longtime engineer formerly of Heckler & Koch who left Armatix following disputes over the development and marketing of the iP1.”
Besides the very real disdain for the concept of over-complicating a device so intrinsic and important to our freedom, there lies a very unnerving reality to ponder as well: Will smart guns be “hackable”, either by nefarious forces or our very government?
LodeStar is working on that problem as well.
“Last year, an anonymous hacker showed that the iP1’s RFID safety mechanisms could be defeated with magnets and it could be prevented from firing with cheap signal-jamming technology. The demonstration appeared to confirm old doubts about smart guns’ susceptibility to hacking from ‘techno-geeks.’
“Glaser said he believes the LodeStar gun’s technology will overcome those concerns. Its lock will be made of a non-magnetic material. Whereas the Armatix iP1 could receive a signal from its RFID bracelet from as far as 10 inches away from the gun, the LodeStar gun will pick up the radio chip only within three or four inches, a much tighter radius that would be harder to interfere with. Mostly, Glaser said, he believes the public has become much more familiar with this kind of technology, which is used in more and more everyday situations. ‘People rely on RFID for their cars now,’ he said, referring to keyless ignition systems.”
Still, the smart gun won’t be for everyone, with firearm purists preferring the old fashion “pull for pop” method of discharging their weapon.