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New Jersey’s Smart-Gun Law Not ‘Triggered’

Armatix iP1 smart gun

Acting New Jersey Attorney General John Hoffman recently issued a report to Gov. Chris Christie and the state Legislature that said the Armatix iP1 will not trigger the state’s smart gun law.

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.

Armatix iP1 smart gun
Twelve years ago, New Jersey’s Childproof Handgun Bill required licensed firearms dealers in New Jersey to sell only “smart guns” such as the Armatix iP1 if even one working model of a user-recognized “smart gun” is made available to sell in New Jersey or any other state. The Armatix iP1 ain’t it.
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.


Sale ends July 28, 2019


Sale ends July 28, 2019


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

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Comments (41)

  1. The lack of intellect Gov. Christie has with regards to gun rights is staggering – especially for a Republican.

    From a 2009 interview:

    Interviewer: Should every citizen in your state be allowed to get a licensed weapon if they want one?
    Christie: In NJ, that’s not going to happen.

  2. wow that is messed up on the gun makers part for even trying to make a gun that complies with this law. if they were for our 2nd amendment rights they wouldnt even try to make these guns. but they obviously care more about money than their costumers

  3. What has been lost in time is why this law is on the books in the first place. It was never meant to be a “safety” thing for the average NJ gun owner. At the time when it was FIRST thought of, it was because NJ cops and even the NJ State Police, were being shot WITH THEIR OWN GUNS! That’s right, it was because NJ’s finest were either so ill trained or just overpowered they were having their service weapon taken away and being shot by their own gun. The idea of “smart guns’ came about as a device to save police lives. But after several years of trying to get smart guns for the police departments that worked more than 90% of the time, it was put on a hold….sorta. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (not sure how its spelled and don’t much care) came up with the idea that it may not be good enough for NJ’s police, but it would be a “great” idea for everyone else in NJ to only have smart guns,, as long as they were NOT the guns guarding him. That is how and why the idea of smart guns came about, that’s why the law is on the books for the private gun owners of NJ. because the police wouldn’t want a gun that worked only 80-90% of the time. But those in Trenton feel its enough for the people of New Jersey, even if it is only a .22 cal. it’s a “smart gun”, its just too bad that those guns aren’t smart enough to vote.

  4. Laws like these are the first step in the abolition of the 2nd amendment. If you want a docile, unthinking and sheepish populace, first you make education too expensive, you keep racial tensions high, and feed your citizens a bunch of hype through your groveling media dogs. Then your unarmed, undereducated sheeple will have no avenue of self determination because they don’t know the definition of the word. And when the government lackeys come to herd the sheeple away, they have no means of self preservation beyond hurling insults at the fascist with his boots in their necks. New York, California, New Jersey and DC are leading the vanguard in removing your rights.

  5. The only value of a law like this or legislators like New Jerseys is to announce loudly to the rest of the nation where responsible folks should never consider living.

    Any person, legislative body or state that would by law require the use of technology that prevents one family member or law abiding citizen from saving the life of another when directly and criminally threatened is irresponsible. Beyond that they likely lack the capacity for rational and objective problem solving.

    That is a city, county or state I would never consider crossing into, for any reason.

    1. Are you referring to gun violence? Or gun accidents? Obviously a round from a negligent discharge inside ones home, if striking another person inside the home, is likely going to be a family member. They live there.

      That’s like saying, “most family road trips where the family vehicle is in an accident injures more family members than non family members”.

      I live in Oregon which is a blue state by the way. We have lots of gun freedom here and very little gun problems. The problem with this “smart gun” thing is that it’s totally overkill and ridiculous. What’s next?

      You are 5 times more likely to drown or burn to death than you are to be killed by a gun. And, far more guns in homes are stopping crimes than killing or injuring another family member. “So, what your point again.”

    2. Thank you skawalker35. And to take it further, how would such legislation stop this Maq??? Short answer: it won’t. Accidents will happen, with or w/o the government stepping further into our lives and homes.

      The best course of action is proper and safe gun handing and public education about these issues. There is nothing wrong with making a safer gun, but as most studies will prove, the problem usually resides with the user (not the firearm)!

      Another problem I can forsee with such safety mechanisms is battery failure. What is the officer who is sworn to protect innocent life to do if caught in a firefight with dead batteries in his firearm (rendering it useless), not to mention the hazard to the officer’s own safety and life? Does he/she not have a right to defend him/herself in the most effective manor??? But wait, I guess you haven’t the ability to see beyond the end of your own, true weapon of mass destruction (your pen).

      -Nice try NJ, and stay far far away from my lovely Tennessee!

      And oh yeah, spoons made America fat… See the connection?

    3. WRONG! Jezus, where did you pull that crap from?

      All homicides

      Number of deaths: 16,121
      Deaths per 100,000 population: 5.1

      Firearm homicides

      Number of deaths: 11,208
      Deaths per 100,000 population: 3.5

      Makes you wonder WHAT 11,208 people would have done to kill someone if they DID NOT have a firearm? Guns are the overwhelming weapon of choice obviously.

      All injury deaths

      Number of deaths: 192,945
      Deaths per 100,000 population: 60.2

      All poisoning deaths

      Number of deaths: 48,545
      Deaths per 100,000 population: 15.4

      Motor vehicle traffic deaths

      Number of deaths: 33,804
      Deaths per 100,000 population: 10.7

      All firearm deaths

      Number of deaths: 33,636
      Deaths per 100,000 population: 10.6

      Source: Deaths: Final Data for 2013, table 18[PDF – 1.5 MB]

    4. No one thinks anymore, “gun violence”?! You haven’t even thought about those two words. Guns are not, nor have they ever been violent. That phrase hadn’t even been thought of a few years ago, just like “assault weapon”; Forgetting what you THINK is an assault weapon and think for yourself. How does taking a WOODEN part of a rifle off and replacing it with PLASTIC parts make it an assault weapon?
      Someone can be violent without a gun or be violent with a gun. Guns are NEVER violent if you place one down, you pick where, the most that they would do on their own is rust.

      You are guilty of taking what you hear on the news or being reported to you as being the truth. The fact of the matter is that if you didn’t get your statistics from the F.B.I. web site the numbers are NOT true.
      Now I’ll really make you worry, the N.I.C.s numbers (that’s the number of persons that have finished the paperwork to buy a gun) just posted that this past Black Friday 2014—2nd-Highest Gun-Sales Day Ever!!

      So I guess there are many more that don’t believe in gun violence.

      One final thought – you probably have cable or other TV service. If you look I’m sure that there are shooting shows, not hunting shows, shooting shows. Without a bit or worry or fear I’ll say that if you sit through ONE, just ONE, you’d have far more information and gain knowledge far above talking heads on tv and even more than those that sit in Congressional seats in D.C. Don’t be afraid they won’t make you have gun violence either.

      🙂

  6. Smart Gun…what happen to the focus on smart people? What’s up with putting off our responsibilities and blaming inanimate objects for the actions we take as individuals. To cloak this iGun as a reasonable safety and security initiative is another step toward the edge of the cliff. If we put half the money into addressing the real problems we face as a nation and making the hard decisions that need to be made, we would be far better off!

    1. I was curious as to what good would a smart gun do when it is owned by a stupid or crazy person. As you said…always addressing the wrong problems. Why don’t they treat this like they do DWI? They campaign against drinking and driving, not ban cars. Why not advertise against being crazy and hurting people? No solution to this issue. People will be stupid for as long as we exist. There is no solution to that. We accept it and stop pounding a dead horse.

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