Sunday, November 08, 2015

Finally a gun safety gadget that the NRA doesn't hate.

Courtesy of The Daily Beast:  

Two Air Force buddies from Texas are developing a new, safer handgun—one that verifies the shooter’s identity before it can fire. 

And here’s the kicker. The National Rifle Association, which opposes almost all gun-safety measures, is actually okay with the new weapon. 

Technically, Guardian—the launch product of Matt Barido and Skylar Gerrond's Veri-Fire startup, based in San Antonio—isn't a gun. It's an add-on that fits most standard handguns, and locks the trigger until the owner unlocks it with their index finger. 

“We’re looking to prevent unintentional deaths,” Barido, 38, told The Daily Beast. Specifically, children accidentally shooting themselves or others with a weapon they find lying around the house. 

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that, since 2007, an average of 62 children ages 14 and under are accidentally shot and killed every year. But two gun-control groups—Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America—claim the number of kids' gun-deaths is actually closer to 100 a year.

Personally I would like to see fewer guns in the hands of fewer people, but until that happens I think this is a good first step in making guns already in our homes safer.

Anything that reduces the number of accidental shootings, especially of children should be seen as a good thing.

I would also like to see something like this made mandatory, just like seat belts in automobiles, and serious criminal penalties in place for those who refuse to use them.


  1. Can the device be removed from the gun by someone other than the owner?

    1. Can the device be removed …

      Possibly. More info at

  2. Anonymous4:32 AM

    The NRA has suppressed the sale of this device for years. As a nation we missed the boat on making any substantial changes to gun laws years ago.
    The NRA opposes all of it, they don't care how many people and/or children are killed.

  3. Anonymous5:20 AM

    And it uses lasers too. Did you know 2015 is the International Year of Light?

  4. Leland3:06 PM

    I hope there is at least a serious lock on the "manual override" posted in the picture.

    1. What happens when the battery dies?

  5. Anonymous3:22 PM

    I'm sure there's got to be some kind of technology to make guns even safer, if the NRA isn't blowing smoke, maybe we CAN find some common ground and get better gun laws.

  6. Does the NRA like it because these are two Air Force guys that are probably both NRA members....

    or because the device doesn't work?

    And you know it will be too expensive for most handgun owners to invest in and that there is no way the NRA would support any regulation or requirement that gun owners buy them.

  7. Anonymous1:59 AM

    The reason the NRA is ok with it?

    It will be too expensive, then the NRA will say, "Look at the sales. Real `Muricans don't want these."

    Then they will blame a 7 year old for having the temerity of being shot while in his house when his neighbor was cleaning his 'empty' rifle.


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