Personalized firearms, also known as “user-authorized” or “smart” guns, are firearms that incorporate cutting-edge technologies, like the fingerprint recognition feature available on smart phones, to prevent firearm use by unauthorized users. A 2003 study analyzing data from seven years of unintended firearm deaths or deaths of undetermined intent found that 37% of the deaths could have been prevented by a personalized gun.1 A 2001 survey found that 73.6% of Americans favor requiring all firearms to incorporate user-recognition technology.2
For additional information about personalized firearms, including background information and state and local laws on the topic, see the Law Center’s Personalized Firearms Policy Summary.
- Jon S. Vernick et al., Unintentional and Undetermined Firearm Related Deaths: a Preventable Death Analysis for Three Safety Devices, 9 Inj. Prevention 307, 307-08 (2003) (analyzing data from Maryland and Milwaukee). For additional background on personalized firearms, see Krista D. Robinson et al., Personalized Guns: Reducing Gun Deaths Through Design Changes (Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Pol’y & Res.) (Sept. 1996). ⤴︎
- Tom W. Smith, 2001 National Gun Policy Survey of the National Opinion Research Center: Research Findings (Dec. 2001). ⤴︎