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By National Academy of Engineering, Steering Committee for NAE Workshop on User-Authorized Handguns, Greg Pearson, Lance A. Davis

The feasibility and capability effect of so-called shrewdpermanent handguns has generated significant public curiosity and debate. This file summarizes a June 2002 workshop on the nationwide Academy of Engineering that tested 3 similar matters: the nation of know-how for owner-authorized handguns; the position of product legal responsibility within the improvement and advertising of such firearms; and the aptitude influence of those shrewdpermanent weapons on healthiness and crime. Smart-gun expertise has the capability to avoid unintentional or bad makes use of of handguns, equivalent to unintentional shootings; the capturing of cops by means of assailants utilizing the officials' personal guns; suicides; homicides with stolen handguns; and different gun-related crimes. even though, info provided on the workshop means that significantly extra examine is required to convey a competent and commercially potential product to undefined. The record additionally notes that the effect of smart-guns can be inspired through criminal matters, human behaviour, financial stipulations, and different components.

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The participation of representatives of firearms manufacturers in the NAE workshop, and the descriptions of their companies’ work in this area, is evidence of that. The firearms industry’s primary concerns about product liability are related to proposed state laws that would mandate the implementation of smart-gun technology. It is abundantly clear from the workshop discussions, Mr. Keane said, that the technology to make user-authorized, or smart, guns is immature. Manufacturers are right to be seriously worried about product liability exposure if they are asked to market products that are not currently reliable and that pose a risk to users and to the general public.

This is an example of the triumph of raw political power over rationality in public policy, said Mr. Henigan. Guns are the only widely available consumer product that is designed to kill. But there is no federal agency with the authority to recall defective guns or set safety standards for guns. The gun lobby has succeeded in winning the industry that exemption. That means the only incentive to get the gun industry to take its safety responsibilities seriously is the threat of damages liability.

Mr. Bryant noted that in the early 1980s, the federal government was pushing car manufacturers to install air bags, although the technology was not quite ready. Meanwhile, most cars in America had no rear-seat shoulder belts. The belts cost almost nothing, and they would have prevented some injuries—not a massive number, because most car injuries happen in the front seat. But the federal government waited and waited to mandate them. Around this time, a lawsuit was brought against Ford involving a child who was riding in the back seat wearing his lap belt.

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