Firearms Challenge $1m “Smart Gun” Competition Video: 113 Views

As Nick reported, the civilian disarmament industrial complex has opened a new front in their battle to underline the word “control” in “gun control.” Global Digital Solutions’ attempt to turn The Freedom Group into The RIFD-enabled Firearms Group follows hard-on-the-heels of Smart Tech’s Firearms Challenge: a Shark Tank-like project aimed at “reducing gun violence through innovation.” Ron Conway, a poli-sci student who became a “Silicon Valley titan” (i.e. early investor in Google and Facebook) is the man behind the prize. Despite the $1m headline, Ron’s doing this on the cheap. The deadline for submissions: March 31. The video above garnered 113 views at the time of writing. I wonder if Global Digital Solutions will apply. [h/t]


  1. avatar Dave says:

    I don’t think I could afford a $1000000 smart gun. I had to save up for my thousand dollar dumb AR.

  2. avatar Dickie J says:

    How do smart guns change anything? How long would it take to remove 300 million plus dumb guns from circulation?

    1. avatar Michael in GA says:

      If our great great great grandfathers had thought like that, they would be gone already. Your attitude is selfish.

      1. avatar Daniel S. says:

        What are you talking about criminals will horde and continue to build “dumb guns”

        1. avatar Sammy says:

          Anything digital can be hacked. Beginning count down to a family member or friend killed because it wasn’t their gun.

  3. avatar Daniel S. says:

    A gun with ipod-like characteristics, water-wings, and hi-point build quality is what we’re looking at here. With massive price tags no less, and probably designed by college students with no firearms experience who play way too much world of warcraft.

    1. avatar Azman says:

      Remember, Gaston Glock was a plastics scientist.

      1. avatar Jan says:

        But did he not have firearms experts helping him design and develop his product?

  4. avatar Samuel Leoon Suggs says:

    This isn’t the kind of fare you generally find on ENDO.

  5. avatar Delmarva Chip says:

    So if one submits a proposal for gun familiarization and safety classes to be taught in all schools across the nation, does that count?

    1. avatar CCDWGuy says:

      You got there first. I agree, firearms training creates “Smart People” who know how to handle dumb guns.

  6. avatar bobmcd says:

    “technology for a firearm that reliably authorizes an approved user and blocks an unauthorized user of the firearms”

    Oh, pshaw! I already own two such devices, both already on the market: my Safariland retention holster and my Gun Vault pistol safe.

    1. avatar Hannibal says:

      1) How reliable is “reliable?” How much money does my family get from the gun maker and government if I’m the .01%?

      2) What if I don’t want to have to authorize every user?

      3) When will the NJ State Police be issued these firearms?

    1. avatar JoshtheViking says:

      You know, looks like that thing could be used like a grenade.

  7. Gun owners must make it VERY clear to all parties in the so-called “smart-gun” racket — it will be boycotted. No self-respecting person will buy it.

    I hope we are all clear that the idea of “smart” guns is to allow some authority or another to turn it OFF.

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  8. avatar scooter says:

    Computers are as good as the programmer, guns are as smart as the operator, cars are as safe as the driver.

    1. avatar Bernard says:

      With the driverless cars that are starting come out, someone should invent a flying drone that follows you around to protect you. All you would have to do is cross your arms, stand cool, and bullets would automatically start flying.

  9. avatar TX Gal says:

    My Ruger .22 SR pistol is dumber than dirt but when it comes to being a fun range buddy, there is nothing better.

    “Smart” anything is way over rated.

    1. avatar Raul Ybarra says:

      Thanks. You just reminded me… I need to clean and oil my SR22’s mags. Still in break-in and one of them is sticking. So now I’m in trouble with the Mrs. since she want to take it out not that it’s warmer outside.

      One the other hand, if the gun was “smart” would it know how to clean and maintain itself?

  10. avatar Roger says:

    Follwed the Ron Conway link. Come to find out he was the driving monetary force behind Ed Lee’s election as San Fransisco Mayor in 2011. Lee supported a ban on hollowpoint rounds in California as well as DiFi’s AWB last year. ( That kind of political affiliation tells me a lot more than any GDS press release.

  11. avatar Sammy says:

    Going by the LE reports, if you want to reduce violence of all types, give a subsidy for firearm and ammunition purchases. Moe Guns (T.M) saves lives all by himself.

    1. avatar JR says:

      Again, I’ll drop this link here:

      (I’m not affiliated with the group, I just think this organization has a good mission worth supporting).

  12. avatar Rich Grise says:

    We could lobby to make all the alphabet-soup federal agencies buy those things and then when TSHTF have some Chinese hackers turn them all off. 😀

    1. avatar JoshtheViking says:

      I think you have the right Idea Rich.

  13. avatar Sammy says:

    Can we get some smart reps in our legislation?????

  14. avatar Sergio says:

    Do you know what I hate about technology? Every 6-10 months, there is a newer, better, more reliable version of the product, and every 3-5 years your technology becomes obsolete. I would argue that most gun owners buy a firearm because it is always reliable, will function flawlessly for years to come, and won’t be subject to environmental shocks. I stress out enough thinking about ammo shortages in the future. What is going to happen in an emergency when electricity becomes inaccessible? Or electronic networks? Or I have to buy or download a new update every xx months because a hacker compromised the system? I used to be a big techie, but the older I get, the more I value being off the grid. If/when civilization collapses or the government makes a power grab, people that have come to rely on technology will be in for a rude awakening.

  15. avatar Fred says:

    113 views? How many views did the Glock 42 videos get?

    The point of the smart gun idea is to move one more step closer to making all guns illegal for civilians. Once they show even smart guns don’t work to end crime it’ll be a quick skip and a hop to ban all guns, one category at a time. The handgun segment is the hardest to ban because they have self-defense uses, this smart gun idea can change and give them a chance to ban that segment. Then they think it will be easier to find illegal guns because every civilian gun will be illegal.

  16. avatar Spartan dsk says:

    The only smart gun I want is a phased plasma rifle in the 40-watt range

    1. avatar Raul Ybarra says:

      Ahh… yes. On my own re-watch of Babylon 5. (actually working up a podcast for it)

  17. avatar Lisa D. says:

    I see Mr. Conway’s name mentioned. Can you guess the money behind “Sandy Hook Promise”? Why yes it is in fact the very same Ron Conway. And so we then see the Newtown folks lobby various Legislatures to mandate said “Smart Gun [technology].

  18. avatar Jay Perez says:

    What ever happened to being a responsible gun owner! Storing your guns properly, teaching your children about guns and the safe handling of them! Come the f*** on people, it’s not about gun control, yea I’ll believe that when the police start using these smart guns and they are proven in the field over years and years of testing. Oh btw Even then I’ll still be using my Glock 19 and several more set aside because of f***s like these people!

  19. avatar Anonymous says:

    “It’s not about gun control… it’s about gun safety!”

    Gun safety is the new gun control.
    Reduced capacity magazines – for the children and for safety
    Background checks and training… for safety
    more mandatory training… for safety.
    **insert gun control proposition here** for safety

  20. avatar 'liljoe says:

    Every one of my guns are smart… not a single one of them voted for Obama the last two elections

    1. avatar Alan Longnecker says:

      At least not that they know of, considering the accusations of election fraud.

    2. avatar Peter Gunn says:

      Would you look at that? All of my guns are smart!

  21. avatar Neddd Ludd says:

    The real giveaway at events like these is the use of the absurd term “gun violence”.
    It makes the weapon used the volitional agent, not the perpetrator.
    Strangely, we don’t see committees to end ‘knife violence’, ‘bludgeon violence’,
    ‘fist violence’, or ‘shoe & boot violence’.
    In those cases we put the blame where it belongs – on the human actor.

  22. avatar Peter Gunn says:

    How the hell is this an “Opt in” Free market Idea when CA and NJ are going to require the technology BY LAW?

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