2 million children live in a home with a firearm that is both LOADED and UNLOCKED.
Our mission is to foster innovation in firearms safety to protect those children.
Two years after the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where a gunman used a Bushmaster AR-15 rifle to take the lives of twenty first-grade children and six educators, Safe Gun Technology (SGTi) is unveiling new technology to prevent future gun tragedies. The Columbus-based firm invited members of the community and law enforcement to begin user testing of an AR-15 Bushmaster rifle equipped with a fingerprint-activated sensor. The sensor is part of SGTi’s unique retrofit kit which allows a firearm to fire only when activated by an authorized user’s fingerprint and renders the firearm inoperable for anyone else.
With the help of a $100,000 grant from Silicon Valley’s Smart Tech Challenges Foundation, a nonprofit organization spurring innovation in firearms safety technology, the company has fully integrated a biometric sensor onto the live firearm and is inviting feedback from the firearms community to refine and improve their Alpha prototype. SGTi was awarded funds from the Foundation as part of the first-ever $1 million Smart Tech for Firearms Challenge.
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We’re giving a total of $1M to innovators to accelerate the development of their technologies in order to promote firearms safety.
Today, Silicon Valley’s Smart Tech Challenges Foundation announced it is funding an innovator developing user-authentication technology for firearms, as part of the first-ever $1 million Smart Tech for Firearms Challenge. The Foundation is awarding grants to a total of 15 innovators who are working to improve firearm safety by developing personalization features in firearms, locking devices, and ammunition systems.
The first innovator featured by the Foundation is 17-year-old Kai Kloepfer, a high school student from Boulder, Colorado, who is integrating a biometric sensor into a firearm that requires an authorized user’s fingerprint to discharge.
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Firearms Safety Challenge: Launched
Grant funds: Disbursed
Firearms Safety Innovation: Ongoing