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Friday, November 25, 2016

Baseline Specifications for Smart Gun Technology

The U.S. Department of Justice has released a final version of "baseline specifications" that outlines, for the first time, a detailed description of the minimum technical requirements that law enforcement agencies expect from smart gun technology. Baseline Specifications for Law Enforcement Service Pistols with Security Technology was drafted by DOJ's National Institute of Justice in partnership with a team of firearms experts at DOJ and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. These voluntary specifications provide guidance to potential manufacturers about what government purchasers require in their firearms; serve as a standard against which existing technology can be measured, making it possible to identify what research and development gaps remain; and allow federal, state and local governments to demonstrate that demand for smart guns may exist, if certain operational requirements are met. For information, go to

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