Sunday, May 4, 2014

US: German-Made .22 Cal. iP1 Amatix Controversial, Potentially Unsafe

According to Fox News, the newly-released German-made .22 caliber pistol strangely described as the Smart System iP1 manufactured by Armatix has seemingly not been well-received. 

The .22-caliber pistol, made by a German company, can only function with an accompanying wristwatch, which is sold separately.

Andy Raymond, owner of a Washington, DC-based gun store, Engage Armament, told The Washington Post that he has decided not to continue carrying the firearm after discussion spread online amongst gun rights blogs. He said he even received a death threat.

Andy "thought I was doing the right thing...," but "I didn't want my shop burned down," he told The Washington Post.

Some firearms owners perceive the gun's new technology as potentially curtailing their Second Amendment rights. 

COMMENT: As a former Federal Firearms Dealer, retired federal agent and an NRA firearms instructor who takes the Second Amendment very seriously, I am concerned much, much more about Armatix's use of technology to activate a lethal firearm.

"Think about it this way: Any firearm that is dependent on technology for it to function, is not a gun I want to use or carry. As for 'concealed-carry,' I would NEVER use such a firearm. Fortunately, I don't live in New Jersey." Ed Lee

Most firearms are reliable, dependable and certain because of one design strength: They can be mechanically and safely operated. 

The above being said, gun rights advocates have a legitimate concern that firearm's availability will give a boost to a New Jersey law mandating that all handguns in the state be personalized within three years of a smart gun going on sale anywhere in the US.

On Friday (May 2), NJ state Sen. Loretta Weinberg, who sponsored the law, said she would ask the legislature to drop the mandate if the National Rifle Association (NRA) promises not to fight the development and sale of the high-tech weapons, THE POST reported.

In a brief response, Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, said the NRA is interested in "full repeal" of the "misguided" law.

The NRA astutely was correct in supporting the repeal of the controversial NJ statute, which takes choice out of the hands of US citizens.

The Oak Tree Gun Club, a Los Angeles-area gun shop, removed the smart gun from its shelves in March 2014 after protests. The owners later denied ever ordering the gun. 

Most firearm purists, such as myself, will NEVER feel safe carrying or using a firearm based upon a dependence on the functionality of a wrist-watch.