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The Obama Administration said today that it's jumpstarting the development of "smart gun" technology, as part of a series of "commonsense steps" to help prevent tragedies involving firearms.

A post on President Obama's Facebook page said:

Today, many gun injuries and deaths are the result of legal guns that were stolen, misused, or discharged accidentally. As long as we've got the technology to prevent a criminal from stealing and using your smartphone, then we should be able to prevent the wrong person from pulling a trigger on a gun. So, my Administration released a plan today to expedite the development of smart gun technology, including by identifying the requirements that smart guns would have to meet in order for law enforcement to purchase and use them effectively - and keep themselves and the public safer in the process.

Smart guns use high-tech features, such as fingerprint activation, that allow only certain users to fire the weapon.

The National Rifle Association and other gun groups do not necessarily oppose the technology itself, but are concerned about any new mandates from the government requiring it.

And law enforcement groups have voiced concerns about the reliability of the tech, and whether it can be trusted when needed most.

An NRA spokesperson said that President Obama's "obsession with gun control knows no boundaries." 

“At a time when we are actively fighting terrorists at home and abroad, this administration would rather focus the military’s efforts on the president’s gun control agenda.”

Watch the report above.


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