Guns

NYC to Use Scanners to Find People Carrying Guns

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

New York City is looking towards high-tech scanners to find people who are carrying guns on the city streets.

The New York Daily News reports that in his State of the NYPD speech on Tuesday, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the department wants to use technology similar to infrared imaging that detects radiation coming from a person's body.

The News writes:

Because the energy cannot travel through metal, a concealed gun can be detected from the image captured by the lens of the detector, Kelly said.

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The only problem is that right now the scanner can only be used from three to four feet away from a person.

“This can be done from a short range,” Kelly said. “We want a distance of at least 25 meters.”

The NYPD and the defense department are currently testing the technology. Kelly said he hopes to install it on police cars sometime in the near future.