Representative John Tierney (D-Mass.) recently watched the latest James Bond movie, “Skyfall,” and came up with what he thought was a great idea: handguns with “personalization technology.”
“In the most recent James Bond film, Bond escapes death when his handgun, which is equipped with technology that recognizes him as its owner, becomes inoperable when it gets into the wrong hands,” Tierney’s office said in a statement introducing the bill. “This technology, however, isn’t just for the movies — it’s a reality.”
In his Personalized Handgun Safety Act, H.R. 2005, Tierney calls for all new guns made in the United States to come with technology that would disallow anyone but the gun owner to fire the weapon. He also wants older guns to be retrofitted with the technology.
The lawmaker believes that passing his bill will mean fewer tragedies resulting from children getting their hands on unattended firearms.
“Accidents like this are not as rare as we want to believe, and they are preventable,” he said. “Whether a gun owner or not, a NRA member or not, we should be able to agree on gun safety measures that will make our families and communities safer. This technology needs to be put into action.”
The Children’s Defense Fund Action Council and 13 House Democrat sponsors have backed the bill.