Additionally, when it comes to electronic-ignition firearms, I’m sure our opponents would positively love semi-automatic firearms that could be converted to fully automatic with a firmware hack, which would beg the question as to whether semi-automatics with electronic ignition were “readily convertible” and thus Title II firearms out of the gate. It would certainly be a novel theory that could be used to prosecute some unlucky bastard. If you’re going to make a smart electronic ignition system, then certainly detecting an out-of-battery condition is an obvious safety feature. You can see how this then becomes very easy.
This really goes down the rabbit hole! Remember we need to ban conventional semi-auto firearms because they are “Easily” converted to full-auto. One with any knowledge of what it takes to convert say an AR-15 into an M-16 will note that once you get to all the tools, measurements, and parts fabrications, you can easily convert some plumbing fixtures into an SMG.
I can’t imagine that any of these “Smart” guns would be too hard to convert to “Dumb” guns with their safety features and computer controls permanently fixed in the “Fire” condition. Something as simple as grinding the tab off of a 1911 safety or pinning the grip safety in, these current “Smart” guns must have a conventional safety in there someplace that could be removed, blocked or pinned so that the electronic wizz-bangs don’t effect the operation.
Sebastian looks forward to electronic ignition and notes the problems with that.
Also something I hadn’t thought about was the SPEED the biometric systems take to register. Even the new iPhone with its VERY good fingerprint reader (issues aside) takes a bit to do its reading and unlocking.
Compare that to the heavy-duty retention holsters Law enforcement carry in these days:
Even a level 3 holster can be quickly and efficiently drawn from with moderate practice. You could probably learn how to minimize the read time from a GOOD (note that when a biometric gun reaches the market, it will likely be VERY crude) biometric device, there is only so much you can do.
There is a reason cops refuse to allow these “Smart” guns to be mandated upon them, and those EXACT same reasons are why we won’t play with them either. Plus, if you see somebody walking down the street with a smart gun branded wrist watch on their RIGHT hand (everybody I know wears a watch on the left side) it does tell a story you don’t want told.