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Gun RFID chips -- an idea to protect our schools.

While most individuals in the US (according to polls) would prefer that guns be less accessible, at least to persons likely to commit atrocities, the 2nd amendment to the US constitution prohibits most governmental restrictions on firearms.

However, if we knew where the guns were (which is not against the constitution), this would be a reasonable work-around. For example, if I had an "app" on my phone that would tell me if there was an assault weapon within 1000 yards, I could take cover. If I had a reader at the entrance of a school that triggered an alarm when a gun in a backpack entered the school, this might be of some use.

Furthermore, if our law enforcement workers had a way of tracking weapons, they might be better able to defend us against terror. In other words, having a way to locate weapons, might mitigate the danger of being around weapons, but avoid violating the public's right to bear arms.

This could be implemented using an RFID (radio-frequency ID) chip, such as is routinely used in department stores to prevent theft. Similar chips are sometimes implanted in pets and livestock. These passive devices allow a scanner to recognize merchandise as it walks out the door. I would envision a mandatory RFID chip, in all firearms, combined with scanners at strategic locations, that connect to the internet and update an online location database of weapons. Laws could be passed that require the chips.

An idea similar to this has been implemented in Kentucky. Just no app to find assault weapons as yet.

 

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