On the one hand, the simplest solution is usually the best. On the other, I love me some tech-y gadgets. The folks at Zore (an Israeli company based in Jerusalem) have come up with an interesting concept for a gun lock that has some truly cool features, and if everything they claim is true, this might become my top recommendation for nightstand gun locking options. They just launched a campaign on IndieGoGo and here’s what they are offering.
There are three really cool features here that make the Zore worth a look.
First is the concept of a motion-based alarm. I can’t think of any other weapons lock system on the market that sends you an alert any time the firearm is moved, but that feature seems extremely useful. There are plenty of stories where children who have gotten hold of their parents’ guns come to a tragic conclusion. A simple alert system could provide parents with the ability to quickly intervene in those situations and administer some recurrent training on the basics of firearms safety (starting with “don’t touch it without permission”).
Second on the list is the ability to unlock the gun quickly with a three digit code. The locking mechanism is battery operated and programmable, but the battery is said to last for about a year before replacing. A quick turn of the dial to three positions and the gun unlocks — just rack the gun and the lock flies free while you load the next round from your magazine. Or you could also unlock the gun from your Bluetooth enabled phone if you prefer.
Last but not least there’s the timer feature. Using your phone the app will time how long it takes you to find your gun and unlock it, allowing you to practice for the “bump in the night” scenario without a buddy running a shot timer.
In theory this sounds like a cool solution to a common problem. MSRP on the system is $199, or you can get one via their funding campaign for $125.