Yardarm Technologies LLC is breaking into the world of firearms with new technology that will enable gun owners to disable their firearms remotely.
The ongoing service, which costs $50 to install on a gun and costs an additional $12 per year, would send a message to the gun owner’s cellphone whenever the gun is moved. The gun owner could then press a button to activate the internal safety on the gun, thereby temporarily turning the firearm into a useless hunk of metal.
This technology is vaguely reminiscent of anti-theft technology on many cars and smartphones. GPS technology allows the owner to determine where the object is and users can remotely access the stolen smart phone or trigger the car alarm in case something looks fishy.
Yardarm CEO Robert Stewart stated, "The idea is to connect gun owners more directly with their guns, no matter what the circumstance.”
This technology offers a tantalizing alternative for many concerned gun owners and gun control advocates. There have been several attempts to equip firearm with smart gun technology, but hefty prices and logical issues have plagued efforts.
"We believe that the technology does not exist today where a so-called smart gun can operate with 100 percent or close to it reliability," said NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam, "and a firearm that does not function when it is required to is not a smart gun." He added that this type of technology is often “a luxury tax on self-defense.”
It also raises privacy concerns for gun owners. If a gun can be tracked through GPS, does that mean that the company or third party organizations will be able to track a gun owner’s movements?
Yardarm’s technology might provide an answer to these concerns. The hardware and service fees are fairly low, and it doesn’t rely on any complicated gadgets like fingerprint scanners. The service could be as reliable as keychain car remotes or GPS anti-theft services.
This is kind of a double-edged sword for gun owners. If it works well, it could help prevent gun thefts or accidents in the home. It might also tempt legislators to further regulate guns by requiring this technology on all firearms. Is this the next best thing in gun technology or another gun control law wating to happen?