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Smart Gun Technology: Armatix iP1

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It's called Smart Gun Technology and it's designed to prevent unauthorized persons from firing a weapon.

Supporters say it will improve firearm safety and reduce gun violence but others believe it could be used to infringe on gun rights.

The gun is called the Armitax Smart System iP1. It's a German engineered gun and you have to wear a watch or it won't shoot. It's a so-called smart gun. It is supposed to know who's shooting it.

Here's how it works. A code needs to be entered into a wristwatch and it then omits a radio signal to the gun. The green light comes on when the gun is ready to shoot.

Steve Duncan runs the Duncan Outdoors gun store in Bay County. He says the safety feature is good in theory but says when you need to shoot a gun, you don't have time to put in passwords.

Smart guns are designed to be useless without unlocking them by radio signal or a biometrics like voice activation, fingerprints, or a retina scan.

Saginaw County Sheriff Bill Federspiel says society has already accepted the same technology on things like your car and believes it's only a matter of time before smart guns become as common as smart phones.

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