Blockchain-based systems for firearms tracking could come in handy for the police as they potentially help prevent gang violence and child mortality. However, some state governments think it is unfair to force people to use that technology.
For example, the government of Arizona has developed a bill to prohibit the mandation of firearms tracking using blockchain. They think mandation of smart-gun technology might impose government tyranny upon those who use weapons. Besides, it might be used not only for the prevention of children mortality and gang violence, but for their own purposes.
Market players think this approach is correct as it is always more preferable to have a free market than to be subject to strict regulations. It promotes development and encourages tech innovation to find other use-cases for smartgun technology besides firearms tracking.
“It is unlawful to require a person to use or be subject to electronic firearm tracking technology or to disclose any identifiable information about the person or the person’s firearm for the purpose of using electronic firearm tracking technology.”
Arizona politicians see the Glockchain demo’s use case to be focused on the smartgun (which they were developing) stored on their chain for the use case of firearm tracking. Glockchain is the special system based on blockchain technology, designed to track any usage of police guns on the basis of identifiable data registered on the network. It might come in useful for the prevention of an excess of power and corruption of police officers.
It would also be useful when it comes to other cases of gun usage, though the Arizona government considers it to be unfair to force people to use such solutions.
However, other cities and states think prevention of crimes and mortality is worth the price. For example, the city of Glendale has adopted “ ShotSpotter”- an acoustic system that tracks usage of guns by sound. It is not blockchain-based, but still, it has a similar use case. In San-Diego, General Electric is going to put up cameras, microphones, and sensors to track the usage of guns all over the city.
The Smart Tech Challenges Foundation also strives to provide different solutions for firearms usage tracking to help citizens feel safer in their everyday life. Besides, gun owners will also benefit from those solutions if their gun falls into the wrong hands.
Whether various smartgun technologies - both blockchain-based and non-blockchain-based - are definitely an advance, there could be many other use cases for those technologies, that would probably not be connected to firearms-tracking.
Kevin Barnes states that “the focus on tracking use case overshadowed the broader benefits of this tech, that is why we have formulated the open smartgun tech network for any innovator to leverage for IoT smartgun use cases. Most of these use cases will appear from innovators as add-ons to firearms such as scopes, magazines, and locks for example that can be attached and removed from the firearm.”
So, it becomes obvious that the Arizona government has no aim of prohibiting the technology itself. They strive to make the technology free and available and to give people the right to make their own choice on whether to use the technology for firearms tracking or not.
Besides, free market conditions will encourage seeking new use cases for the technology, as it will not be regulatorily limited to firearms-tracking.