Maryland studies tech to childproof handguns

Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening met with members of his Task Force on Childproof Handguns last week and called on them to develop a strategic plan to ensure that all handguns sold in the state are childproof.

The task force will study the full range of technological advances and design alterations that can guarantee that guns are fired only by the people who own them.

The smart gun, which uses fingerprint sensors and other safety measures to ensure that only a gun's owner can fire it, is one example the task force will examine, said Michelle Byrnie, a governor's office spokeswoman.

"The task force will be looking into setting standards and criteria for what the technology should be achieving and establishing a timeline of when it's realistically possible," Byrnie said. "But they will not be picking a specific tool."

The task force's 21 members include Cabinet secretaries, state legislators, law enforcement officials, children's health experts, gun policy experts and community leaders. They will present their recommendations to the governor by Dec. 1.

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