Misuse of handguns is a significant factor in deaths, morbidity, and crime in the United States. One approach to reducing certain types of handgun misuse is to create a user-authorized handgun (UAHG), a firearm that can be operated only by an authorized user(s). Technological Options for User-Authorized Handguns clarifies the technical challenges of developing a reliable UAHG. This report determines the requirements and specifications of UAHGs for those concerned with public and/or personal safety, and identifies technologies that could satisfy these needs.
Committee on User-Authorized Handguns, National Academy of Engineering
1 Front Matter; 2 Executive Summary; 3 Technological Options for User-Authorized Handguns; 4 Appendix A Workshop Agenda; 5 Appendix B Committee Biographies; 6 Appendix C NIJ-Funded Research on User-Authorized Handguns; 7 Appendix D Time and Cost Estimate for the Development of a New Conventional Handgun