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Owner-Authorized Handguns: A Workshop Summary

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Owner-Authorized Handguns

A Workshop Summary (2003)
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The feasibility and potential impact of so-called smart handguns has generated considerable public interest and debate. This report summarizes a June 2002 workshop at the National Academy of Engineering that examined three related issues: the state of technology for owner-authorized handguns; the role of product liability in the development and marketing of such firearms; and the potential impact of these smart guns on health and crime. Smart-gun technology has the potential to prevent unintended or undesirable uses of handguns, such as accidental shootings; the shooting of police officers by assailants using the officers' own weapons; suicides; homicides with stolen handguns; and other gun-related crimes. However, information presented at the workshop suggests that considerably more research is needed to bring a reliable and commercially viable product to the marketplace. The report also notes that the impact of smart-guns will be influenced by legal issues, human behavior, economic conditions, and other factors.

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National Academy of Engineering. 2003. Owner-Authorized Handguns: A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/10828.

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68 pages | 6 x 9
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  • Paperback: 978-0-309-08975-3
  • Ebook: 978-0-309-16686-7
DOI: https://doi.org/10.17226/10828
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