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Biometric

Kai Kloepfer

Designing a fingerprint-access 9mm pistol from the ground up.

Kai Kloepfer is the founder of Biofire Technologies, a startup building the next generation of the firearm. By incorporating advanced biometric safety technology into a handgun, he hopes to help save thousands of lives a year, and disrupt an industry that has lost its drive to innovate. His technology, a smart gun, is a custom handgun incorporating a fingerprint sensor so that only the owner or authorized users can fire the weapon.

"Nobody has made the gun world’s Tesla, at least not yet. For the mindset that requires, a teenager might just be the man for the job." — Geoffrey Fowler, Wall Street Journal

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Kai Kloepfer

Omer Kiyani

Building a fingerprint-access trigger lock to secure any handgun.

IDENTILOCK is a biometric gunlock that reads the shooter’s fingerprint before unlocking to leave the trigger open for firing. It fits directly over the trigger of any firearm and once authorized, detaches from the firearm within seconds.

"Because a great number of guns are used for home security purposes, people want to be able to unlock their weapon at a moment’s notice. They don’t want to fumble with a gunlock when they need their weapon. IDENTILOCK’s fingerprint-access integration solves that problem." — Omer Kiyani

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Omer Kiyani

Rob Harvey & Will Murphy

Securing a firearm with convenient, reliable keyless fingerprint-access technology.

GunGuardian is the only firearm safety device that allows the weapon to be loaded with a round in the chamber, is keyless, and is always attached to the weapon...even when unlocked. The shield will only uncover the trigger when the correct biometric signature is read via the fingerprint reader, or if the correct security code is entered. It has an internal lock that activates when the shield is engaged. This lock ensures that GunGuardian cannot be removed from the firearm until the correct security code is entered.

"GunGuardian is a firearm safety device developed by law enforcement officers. Our real world experience is the drive behind this practical device." — Will Murphy

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Rob Harvey & Will Murphy

Timmy Oh

Opensafe is an external firearm safe providing immediate access.

Vigil has created the most time-efficient firearm safe—it takes under a second to unlock and have the firearm in a Stage 1 shooting grip. Developed with the expertise of a Los Angeles Police Department specialist, Opensafe is specifically designed to enable both security and immediate access. Integrating state-of-art fingerprint technology, user-authentication ensures only allowed users can remove the gun.

"When this technology reaches the hands of consumers, it will match the quality of equipment used by professional law enforcement officers." — Timothy Oh

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Timmy Oh

Tom Lynch

Retrofitting any firearm with the security of fingerprint-access technology.

"Safe Gun Technology is field-testing a fingerprint-access retrofit kit installed on an AR-15 assault rifle. Gun owners and fathers who have young children like I do will be able to gain a new peace of mind about their home defense weapon." — Tom Lynch

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Tom Lynch

RFID

Jonathan Mossberg

Safeguarding the power of a shotgun with the security of a unique computer chip.

iGun Technology Corp is building an Magnetic Tag-enabled shotgun that is activated by a ring worn by the user. When the ring comes in close range to the normal ring-finger placement on the firearm's stock, the iGun compares a unique code from the ring to the gun to see if there is a match. If the code matches, the trigger unlocks.

“My family has been in the firearms business for three generations and now I am integrating the most reliable 12-gauge shotgun on the market with magnetic token-access technology.“ — Jonathan Mossberg

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Jonathan Mossberg

Robert McNamara

Engineering a childproof rifle that only fires when activated by its RFID token.

TriggerSmart has developed and patented a user-unique smart gun that can only be activated by a token worn by the user. Without the corresponding token, the gun is harmless in the hands of a child or an intruder in the home.

"Like a seatbelt makes us safer on the road, childproof RFID guns will help make children safer in the home, in the car, and at Wal-Mart." — Robert McNamara

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Robert McNamara

Mechanical

Chris Herr

Developing a device that locks into the barrel of a gun and unlocks using a quick and simple mechanical code.

The Life Save-R Gunlock is a keyless gunlock that utilizes five tactile “fingers” to lock the firing chamber of the firearm. The gun can be unlocked and discharged in just seconds, even in total darkness.



"Life Save-R Gunlock doesn’t need a key, it operates without any obvious number combinations and cannot be removed from the barrel via force making it the safest lock on the market." — Chris Herr

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Chris Herr

Peter Carney

Developing a smart magazine that uses user-authorization to unlock the ammunition it contains.

Peter’s technology works by enabling and disabling the springs within the magazine to control the weapon’s firing capability. It can be adapted to use several different modes of user authentication to suit any gun owner’s preferences.

"The smart magazine provides a simple customizable entry point to personalize any firearm." — Peter Carney

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Peter Carney

Rod Herdman

Manufacturing a mechanical lock that secures a gun to any stable surface.

LockHolster is a mechanical device that secures a gun to a wall or other surface, safe from anyone not authorized with the corresponding push-button code. The all-metal device has been tested 500,000 times so far and never failed, protecting firearms from theft and families from harm.

"This is the safest, most reliable gun lock gun owners will actually use." — Rod Herdman

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Rod Herdman

Location Based Technology

Chloe Green

Designing a location-aware gun magazine to keep schools and government buildings safe.

gUNarmed™ is a smart gun magazine designed to prevent unauthorized gun use in schools and government buildings by utilizing satellite data as a signal to activate a jamming mechanism in gun magazines in locations where guns are not permitted. gUNarmed™ technology gives gun owners the ability to control where their gun can and can’t be used.

“Satellite technology offers a unique opportunity to simultaneously reduce gun violence and increase the choices available to gun owners.” — Chloe Green

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Chloe Green
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