13 years ago, New Jersey saw the potential benefits in smart guns from preventing accidental shootings, so consequently a law was passed that stated that all gun stores must only sell smart guns -- which the law says will start 3 years after the first smart gun is released. Furthermore, New Jersey believed that by passing this law it would encourage the development and research of the weapon. Ironically, however, the law is hindering the promotion of the smart guns because second amendment advocates are intimidating gun show owners from putting smart guns on their shelves because they don't want the three year countdown to be triggered.
Senator Weinberg realized this flaw, and is proposing a sort of compromise. On Thursday, she proposed a bill that made it so that all gun stores only have to sell one smart gun in their store. She believes that by doing so, the gun buyers can have a choice to choose between choosing the smart gun or a standard gun, thus avoiding any conflict.
Senator Weinberg is struggling, however, to get the bill passed because governor Chris Christie simply doesn't believe in the cause as a whole; the governor believes that they should just stick with the laws that are already on the books. Not only that, but president of the New Jersey Second Amendment Society, Alexander Roubian, called Weinberg's repeal, "Another desperate attempt to replace failed policy with more failed policy" (Source). He went on to assert that not only are smart guns expensive and unreliable, but the bill itself is unconstitutional in the light of the second amendment and the free market.
What do you think about smart guns and their potential capabilities?
Do you think more time, money, and research should go into the development of the smart guns in order to get them on the shelves faster?
What do you think about New Jersey's initial smart gun law that made every store sell only smart guns; was it unpractical?
What do do you think of the new smart gun law? Do you think it should be passed? Do you think its constitutional under the second amendment and the free market?
Do you believe in the use of smart guns, or do you think the benefits of smart guns are over exaggerated?
Guns, NJ, CBS News