Senate blocks mandatory ‘smart’ gun technology

Saying the technology is unproven and potentially dangerous, state senators voted Thursday to block any state or local law allowing people to purchase only “smart” guns.


Part of what is in HB 2216 precludes any sort of mandatory tracking technology on guns. That includes not only being able to locate weapons using GPS technology but also having weapons that can send out an electronic message when they have been fired.

But most of the debate Thursday surrounded the development of weapons that know who is supposed to be able to fire it and, more to the point, who is not. And HB 2216 if it becomes law says what’s offered for sale in Arizona can’t be limited to those guns.