The first so-called “smart gun” is causing gun-rights advocacy groups to worry about a future filled with strict new gun regulations, according to news outlets.
KitUp! first wrote about he Smart System iP1, a .22-caliber pistol made by the German gun-maker Armatix GmbH, in February. The James-Bond style pistol only works when it's used in close proximity with a special wristwatch.
When the RFID-equipped watch is activated by a PIN number and placed near the gun — like when a shooter grips the handle — it sends a signal to unlock the pistol, activating a green light on the back of the grip.
The iP1 could revolutionize gun safety, but the National Rifle Association is concerned that the new technology will lead to a government mandate that all firearms be similarly equipped, according to May 6 New York Daily News story.
Engage Armament, a gun store in Maryland, had planned to carry the smart pistol starting May 1. But the owner called it off after he received threats over the issue, according to news reports.
These pistols sell for about $1,400 and the watch retails for another $400 – that’s about three times more than the price of a new, high-quality semi-auto pistol.