New ‘smart gun’ venture seeks funding for prototype development

Conservative Firing Line | 8/20/2019 | Staff
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A Seattle-based gun control proponent has announced a new venture that he and his colleagues hope can get funding for a prototype “smart gun” that will use RFID (radio frequency identification) technology, according to a report from KIRO-TV, the local CBS affiliate.

Ralph Fascitelli, who led the Washington Ceasefire effort for two decades, is now co-founder of LodeStar Firearms.

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The pistol will use technology that embeds a small chip in a ring or bracelet that matches with electronics in the gun to allow its operation. Without that RFID chip, the gun would be nothing more than a paperweight because it would be inoperable.

The purpose, Fascitelli explained to KIRO, is to prevent school shootings, accidents and suicides. He explained that this new technology will hopefully be more reliable and successful than previous “smart gun” efforts that have relied on biometrics (fingerprint identification) to operate. Requiring fingerprint identification would be essentially nullified in situations where the user is wearing gloves.

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He wrote about the project in the Orange County Register.

The effort has support from two former Seattle police chiefs, including Gil Kerlikowske, who famously lost his personal handgun to a thief when it disappeared from his parked department vehicle on a downtown Seattle street the day after Christmas in 2004. The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms offered a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the thief and recovery of Kerlikowske’s pistol, but that reward has never been collected.

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The other former top cop is John Diaz, who succeeded Kerlikowske.

According to LodeStar’s website, the company “is working to develop a personalized 9mm RFID handgun.” It will operate with a “personal digital handshake between a computer chip in the gun and a chip embedded in a ring or wristband.”

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