Woman shooting gun

Could guns soon be fitted with computers? Chips would prevent anyone but the owner from firing the weapon

by SARAH GRIFFITHS, MailOnline  |  published on January 2, 2014

Over half a million guns are stolen in the U.S. every year and anecdotal evidence suggests that a lot of killings are the result of people using stolen weapons or guns borrowed from family members.

Now researchers are looking into ways to add radio frequency identification (RFID) chips into guns so that they can only shoot when they are fired by their owner.

While there are no immediate plans to introduce the technology, one expert believes it could prevent unnecessary loss of life.

The idea of using RFID chips in guns is not new and is a relatively cheap way of clamping down on the use of guns by anyone other than their owners.

The person firing the gun would need an accompanying RFID chip fitted inside their hand or carried on their person to fire a weapon fitted with a linked RFID tag.

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