A local company is doing their part to limit gun violence by enhancing gun safety. Everlokt, a tiny, Allentown-based tech business, is developing what they call “smart bullet” technology. Their product is Safe AccessAmmunition (SAAMO): a type of bullet that does not discharge from a firearm unless that weapon is in the hands of its one and only owner. The company plans to install grip individually fitted for owners and replace standard bullets with SAAMO ammunition. The sensors in the grip detect who is holding the firearm, which is unable to shoot SAAMO bullets if someone other than the owner—like an assailant or a child—is holding it.
The company was founded in 2006 with the intention of developing smart-touch door technology, but it decided to address gun violence after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. “Sandy Hook was of course a tragedy, but a child dying [from an accidental gunshot] at home is just as tragic,” John Stein—Everlokt’s founder and CEO—explained to Lehigh Valley Live. “Something like that destroys a whole family.”
But despite the benefits of this commonsense technology, certain gun advocates are not too happy about its development. According to Penn Valley Live, the NRA opposes SAAMO bullets and grip being mandated.
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