SmartGunz Lodestar Smart Gun
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LodeStar Works and SmartGunz LLC are finally bringing smart guns to the US. Both companies are beta testing their firearms with law enforcement agents currently and unlike earlier models, the LodeStar smart gun boasts a fingerprint reader and a near-field communication (NFC) chip activated by a smartphone app as well as a PIN pad. The gun can be authorized for more than one user if necessary. Read more for a video and additional information.



Why do you need multiple methods of authentication? Well, just like a smartphone, the fingerprint reader unlocks the gun in microseconds, but when your finger gets wet or in other adverse conditions, that may not work, and the PIN pad is there as a backup, along with NFC. SmartGunz did not demonstrate their smart gun model, although they are selling it at $1,795 for law enforcement and $2,195 for civilians.

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If I had a nickel for every time in my career I heard somebody say they’re about to bring us a so-called smart gun on the market, I’d probably be retired now,” said Lawrence Keane, senior vice president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).