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James Bond avoided death in the film “Skyfall” when his handgun, outfitted with technology that recognized him as its owner, became inoperable after falling into the villain’s hands.
It wasn’t just the stuff of Hollywood fiction — such technology is being developed by several companies, and Massachusetts Congressman John Tierney would like it to be built into new guns.
Tierney, a Democrat, earlier this week introduced a bill in the US House of Representatives that would make it mandatory for all guns to be “personalized” within two years — meaning only the lawful owner of a weapon could fire it. Given the debate in Washington, D.C., over anything that would tighten gun laws, Tierney’s legislation probably doesn’t stand much of a chance. But his proposal has called more attention to so-called smart gun technology.