United States President Barack Obama has ordered his government to study how smart gun technology could stem gun violence.
President Barack Obama has issued an order to his federal government to study smart gun technology in a new bid to stem gun violence in the United States.
In a memorandum released on Monday, Obama instructed the US Departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security to investigate whether fingerprint and radio-frequency identification on weaponry could help to limit the use of stolen weapons, prevent accidental gunshots, and track lost hardware.
The agencies in question have just 90 days to compile a shortlist of recommendations.
The President’s order comes ahead of a nationally televised addressed to a town hall meeting at George Mason University that is scheduled to occur tonight.
In the memorandum, the President states that “Developing and promoting technology that would help prevent these tragedies is an urgent priority.”
Obama has further clarified that orders to produce recommendations are within his legal authority and are supported “by what the overwhelming majority of the American people, including gun owners, support and believe.”
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