Smart guns requiring fingerprint identification coming to the US

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A gunmaker is trying to make the industry safer by developing a smart gun that requires fingerprint authentication before it can be unloaded, saying it has the potential to save thousands of lives every year.

North Star hopes to revolutionize the industry through technology with the LS9, a 9mm handgun that incorporates fingerprint or face technology, radio frequency identification (RFID), and a pin pad integrated into the grip.

LodeStar plans to introduce LS9 to the public later this year. The company hopes first-time gun buyers will consider a smart gun and that existing gun owners can add to their gun collection.

Gareth Glaser, CEO of LodeStar, told Changing America that his company was inspired to create a functional smart weapon after witnessing countless lives lost to gun violence. Glaser listed examples of children who accidentally fired a parent’s gun or teenagers who grabbed a parent’s gun and then led a school shooting or even committed suicide.


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the Gun Violence Archives documented years of firearm incidents and found that the number of firearm injuries considered intentional, malicious or accidental has steadily increased since 2018. The latest data for 2020 lists 39,492 firearm injuries .

The number of children aged 11 or younger killed or injured by firearms has also increased every year since 2018, with 2020 recording the highest number of deaths at 999 since 2014.

Mass shooting deaths and murder-suicide deaths have also increased steadily each year since 2018, according to data from the Gun Violence Archive.

LodeStar hopes to change that, with Glaser saying, “We believe we can save over 10,000 lives a year.”

It comes down to the technology built into the LS9, starting with the fingerprint identification needed to unlock the gun. There’s also embedded RFID, which uses a “digital handshake” between a chip embedded in the gun itself and a matching wearable tag, via a ring or wristband.

In addition to these, the LS9 also incorporates Bluetooth activation which uses a person’s smartphone to unlock the gun. Finally, the pistol also includes a PIN keypad built into the handle.

All of these activation methods allow the user to safely unlock and unload their weapon, while keeping it out of the arms reach of anyone not authorized to use it.

Glaser said gun owners could add up to four authenticated users for the LS9, but if the gun is ultimately used by law enforcement, the authentication threshold could allow a entire police force to be able to unlock a single LS9.

The LS9 will be available for $895, which Glaser says is half the price of other smart guns on the market.

SmartGunz is another gun maker which sells a smart 9mm pistol called the Sentry. The Sentry’s civilian retail price is $1,995, while law enforcement and corrections can get one for $1,795. The Sentry also incorporates the RFID technology required before the gun can be fired.

Glaser says he hopes his company’s LS9 will eventually become the Tesla of guns.


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