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Recently a bill was introduced into the US Congress, called the "Handgun Trigger Safety Act of 2015", that has some disturbing requirements if passed:

Gun manufacturers will be required to install smart gun technology on all guns manufactured in the United States:

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MANUFACTURING.—Beginning on the date that is 5 years after the date of enactment of this Act, no person may manufacture in the United States a handgun that is not a personalized handgun.

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All handguns bought or sold are to be smart guns:

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DISTRIBUTION IN COMMERCE.—Beginning on the date that is 10 years after the date of enactment of this Act, no person may distribute in commerce any handgun that is not a personalized handgun or a retrofitted personalized handgun.

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There are, of course, exemptions:

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EXEMPTIONS FOR ANTIQUE FIREARMS AND 18 MILITARY FIREARMS.—Paragraphs (1) and (2) shall not apply to—

(A) an antique firearm;

(B) the manufacture of a firearm that is sold to the Department of Defense; or the sale or distribution of a firearm to the Department of Defense.

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And, not only will all guns manufactured, bought or sold have to be smart guns, manufacturers will be required to retrofit handguns at their expense:

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(1) COST BORNE BY MANUFACTURERS.—Upon the request of the owner of a handgun that was manufactured in the United States and that is not a personalized handgun or retrofitted personalized handgun, the manufacturer of the handgun—

(A) shall—

(i) retrofit the handgun so that the handgun is a retrofitted personalized handgun; and

(ii) return the handgun to the owner within a reasonable period of time; and

(B) may not request compensation for the retrofit from the owner.

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So what is a Personalized Handgun?

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PERSONALIZED HANDGUN.—The term "personalized handgun" means a handgun that—

(A) enables only an authorized user of the handgun to fire the handgun; and

(B) is manufactured in such a manner that the firing restriction described in subparagraph (A)—

(i) is incorporated into the design of the handgun;

(ii) is not sold as an accessory; and

(iii) cannot be readily removed or deactivated.

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Handgun Trigger Safety Act of 2015

House Sponsor:

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.)

Senate Sponsor:

Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.)

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Jerry has been a criminal justice professional for nearly two decades. He is a self-proclaimed Second Amendment scholar, gun rights advocate, and NRA Life Member.