The report stipulates that the Armatix iP1 is capable of being fired by a person who is not an authorized or recognized user as long as they are within 10 inches of the activation watch—such as during a struggle.
New Jersey’s “Smart Gun” law was enacted in 2002. When smart-gun technology as defined by the law is made commercially available in any state, this law is triggered and “smart guns” will be the only handguns allowed for retail sale in New Jersey.
The Armatix iP1 is a .22 caliber 10-round handgun. Specifically, the Armatix iP1 system incorporates a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip inside a wristwatch that enables the functioning of the iP1 pistol. To fire the pistol, the matching watch must be situated within 10 inches of the pistol. The pistol also may be disabled with a timer or a PIN code entered into the matching watch.
The statute expressly contemplates the possibility that a handgun that incorporates radio frequency tagging technology to automatically limit its operational use could qualify as a personalized handgun.
According to the “Attorney General’s Report to the Governor and the Legislature as to the Availability of Personalized Handguns for Retail Sales Purposes,” the state AG “has made the determination that personalized handguns are not available for retail sales purposes within the meaning of those terms as set forth in the law.” The report continues by saying the term “personalized handgun” means “a handgun which incorporates within its design, and as part of its original manufacture, technology which automatically limits its operational use and which cannot be readily deactivated, so that it may only be fired by an authorized or recognized user. The technology limiting the handgun’s operational use may include, but not be limited to: radio frequency tagging, touch memory, remote control, fingerprint, magnetic encoding and other automatic user identification systems utilizing biometric, mechanical or electronic systems.” A personalized handgun would be “available for retail sales purposes” when “at least one manufacturer has delivered at least one production model to a registered or licensed wholesale or retail dealer in New Jersey or any other state.” The law further provides that “no make or model of a handgun shall be deemed to be a personalized handgun unless the Attorney General has determined, through testing or other reasonable means, that the handgun meets any reliability standards that the manufacturer may require for its commercially available handguns that are not personalized or, if the manufacturer has no such reliability standards, the handgun meets the reliability standards generally used in the industry for commercially available handguns.” To learn more, read this article: New Jersey to Repeal Smart Gun Law Only If NRA Will Strike a Deal