Smart holsters are still dumb

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports:

“Autonomous Ballistics, a team from New York University Tandon School of Engineering, took home the $1 million prize in a Smart Gun Design Competition funded by Borough President Eric Adams. And the winning team’s design is not a gun — but a smart holster …”

The idea of a “smart” gun has been around for probably close to 50 years.  All attempts to produce one have failed.  Knowing this I will give these guys credit for trying a different approach.

“… The smart holster uses fingerprint ID, RFID and voice identification to keep out everyone but the legal owner (and up to 200 other users), Cohen and Raj Kumar said. A small fingerprint reader is embedded into the wall of the holster. The beauty of their design is that you “don’t have to change your gun at all. It’s just a holster similar to the one you have except this is maneuvered so that it’s almost inherent that you put your finger [on the fingerprint reader] when you pull it out,” Cohen said …”

I’d guess the idea came from the retention-type holsters police use.  The problem here is any system is only as reliable as the least reliable part of it.  Electronics are less reliable than mechanics so their idea has an inherent flaw.  How could you market such a product?  Would trail lawyers consider the liability aspects of marketing a product with a known “defect”?

“… The concepts were evaluated based on their adaptability into the market, feasibility, flexibility, potential impact on public safety and potential for other uses. So far no word has come in on the design from gun manufacturers on the idea …”

Their silence says enough.

Notice too, the NYPD isn’t jumping on this.  If Adams, who is a former officer, believes in the concept so much why isn’t he promoting it to Commissioner O’Neill?

Made in New York City?

Kimber announced they will produce a limited run of Royal II (Texas Edition) 1911 pistols in .45 ACP.  The guns will feature a deep blue finish with engraving on the slide and mainspring, match grade components, special serial numbers and ivory grips with the Texas flag and state motto on them.  They are nice looking guns sure to appeal to Texans.

What I find most amusing is they are made in New York.  Like the old Pace Picante commercials, “This stuff’s made in New York City?!”  Actually a few miles north in Yonkers, but that is close enough.  The company should hire some marketing genius to produce advertisements which play off those commercials.  A bunch of guys sitting around a fire eating, passing around a bottle of salsa with a conversation that goes like this:

Cowboy 1: Can I see your new gun?

Cowboy 2: Sure.

Cowboy 1: A Kimber Texas Edition.  That thing is made in New York?!

Cowboy 2: Yes, yes it is.

New York is even helping Kimber to manufacture these guns.  A few years back they received a $700,000 state grant to expand their Yonkers plant along with local tax credits.

Kimber makes a number of colorful 1911s that I would not have thought would be big sellers, but apparently they are.  They include brushed gold/copper, baby blue, electric blue and purple.  This too is amusing considering then Mayor Bloomberg’s efforts to ban handguns colored anything other than blue/black or silver.  Thankfully that issue appears to have gone away after a lawsuit successfully challenged a Nassau county prohibition on brightly colored handguns on the basis of state law preempting such action.

You can purchase Kimber products online at Grab A Gun for shipment to a local dealer.  They even offer a financing program for gun purchases.

Ask @NYGovCuomo to comment

Mainstream media is now reporting that the Bronx hospital shooter used a SAFE-compliant rifle.

I cannot find my mention of this by Governor Cuomo nor anybody from the LCA asking his office for a comment.

SAFE didn’t work

A disgruntled former employee shot and killed one person and wounded six more at a Bronx hospital yesterday.

Local Moms issued this statement:

“… While we do not yet know much about the man who committed this crime or how he got his gun, it’s clear that we must do more to keep guns out of the hands of people with dangerous intentions …”

Media reports indicate a AR-15 was used, which may have been modified to be SAFE Act compliant.

Does this mean that MDA is admitting Governor Cuomo’s signature law does not work as advertised? Cuomo himself has so far been silent about it as has Mayor de Blasio.

Spike in pistol licenses

Remington layoffs

Remington has laid-off 122 people at the Ilion plant.

Despite what Bob Owens says, it is probably not due to the SAFE Act. The gun industry has been slowing down since the election.

What Chuck has been up to

Chuck Schumer has been relatively quiet in public, but sure enough, him and his mini-me have not been idle:

“Senate Democrats on Monday introduced a bill that would mandate all 3D printed guns have at least one primary component made from metal. The bill, S. 533, would update the 25-year-old Undetectable Firearms Act, which requires all firearms to be detectable by a metal detector, by requiring at least one main component such as the frame or barrel be made of metal …”

This is unenforceable.

At some point, home metal printing will become affordable and that is when the antis heads will start exploding.

Surprise from ATF

The #2 official at ATF has written a proposal to reduce gun regulations, including removing silencers from the NFA.

It isn’t an official position statement by the ATF, just one persons opinion, but it should be helpful in generating support for the Hearing Protection Act of 2017, H.R. 367.

The bill now has two local sponsors with Lee Zeldin adding his name last week.

Setting an example

The Westchester gun show this past weekend was a big success with larger than expected turnout.  The County Center is a good location and hopefully they will be able to go back to having 2-3 shows there every year.

Rob Astorino deserves a shoutout for standing up to antigun politicians:

“… [County Executive Rob Astorino] vetoed legislation Thursday that moved to ban gun shows on county-owned property. “I tried to look at this issue not in the emotional way, as some people wanted me to do it,” he said. “There was no justification to ban a gun show based on the facts and based on the law.” …”

Other downstate politicians, especially Republicans, should take note of Astornio’s actions.  He called BS on the anti’s hysterics and proved they don’t have the ability to motivate opposition turnout.

GOP introduces new gun silencer law

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