The Biofire biometric gun uses advanced biometric technology to ensure that only authorized individuals can fire the weapon. Is it a positive step in gun control or if it threatens personal freedom?
Biofire Technologies, a US-based company, has developed the Biofire Smart Gun, the first biometric weapon ever created. The firearm has been in research and development for over ten years, and the company received $17 million in funding in 2022 for the production of this product.
The Biofire Smart Gun employs advanced biometric technology, utilizing fingerprint and 3D infrared facial recognition technology to ensure that only authorized individuals can fire the weapon. The gun’s registered owner can only fire it, and as soon as it is taken away, it locks mechanically. The weapon uses encryption technology and is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, making it impossible to modify it into a standard firearm.
According to the company’s founder, Klopfer, the Biofire Smart Gun is designed to safeguard households and prevent child gun deaths, which have increased by 50% in the US in the last two years. The gun is available for pre-order with a refundable deposit of $149, and the final price is set at $1499.
The Biofire Smart Gun has elicited mixed reactions from the public, with some praising it as a major breakthrough in gun control while others expressing concerns about the technology’s reliability and the potential for government surveillance of gun owners. It’s important to note that this device hasn’t yet undergone extensive testing, and further data is needed to evaluate its effectiveness in reducing gun violence.