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Controversy over new smart gun technology

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So-called smart guns are a weapon so controversial that some gun shop owners won't sell them.

A store owner in Maryland tried to sell them last week and received death threats and backlash.

Most people are very savvy with smartphones, but now the new intelligent technology is a smart gun.

"I think if the technology works then it's a good idea," said Christopher Sheldon, a gun owner.

The gun only lets the owner fire it and the owners' fingerprint or a specialized wristband are the only things that can activate it.

The estimated cost for the smart guns is several thousand dollars, but it's not the price tag that has some people worried about the new technology.

"You can never be too safe, but what about that time when you need it and it does not work?" Sheldon said.

Don Pind agrees. He's a firearms instructor and says the guns' technology needs improvement.

"The biggest problem anybody is having with them so far is the inability to function all the time," Pind said.

Smart gun supports say the firearm is necessary to cut down on children shooting their parents' gun, but Sheldon said the best way they can stay safe is not through smart guns, but instead smart parenting.

"Keep your ammunition separate from your guns, teach your children not play with guns," he said.

Those against the idea are worried the smart technology could soon be required on all guns.

Supporters also say more smart guns mean a weaker black market for stolen guns and could possibly lead to wider gun ownership.

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