“Police officers in general, federal officers in particular, shouldn’t be asked to be the guinea pigs in evaluating a firearm that nobody’s even seen yet,” said James Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police. “We have some very, very serious questions,” he said, according to Politico.
Obama’s push for smart guns is expected to come as soon as Friday, and it coincides with a Department of Justice National Institute of Justice announcement concerning the formulation of “test methods to provide a basis to determine whether the addition of a smart gun technology does or does not significantly reduce the reliability of the firearm system compared to existing firearms.”
Breitbart News reported that a new push for smart gun development was part of Obama’s executive gun controls in January.
A White House executive gun control fact sheet explained that Obama was directing “the Departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security to conduct or sponsor research into gun safety technology.” The Departments were specifically directed “to review the availability of smart gun technology on a regular basis and to explore potential ways to further its use and development to more broadly improve gun safety.”