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.
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 first innovator featured by the Foundation is 18-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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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) invited members of the community and law enforcement to begin user testing of an AR-15 Bushmaster rifle equipped with a fingerprint-activated sensor, 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.
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We’re giving a total of $1M to innovators to accelerate the development of their technologies to promote firearms safety.
Firearms Safety Challenge: Launched
Grant funds: Disbursed
Firearms Safety Innovation: Ongoing