Gun Owners Support Smart Guns, But Few Want to Buy Them

Gun Owners Support Smart Guns, But Few Want to Buy Them

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The majority of gun owners support the sale of smart guns — but few will actually spend money on the weapons. That’s the main finding of a new survey of more than 1,500 gun owners from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, published this week in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The survey found that 79 percent of respondents supported firearm retailers stocking smart guns in addition to conventional weapons. But they expressed significant concerns over the devices’ cost and efficacy. More than half of the respondents said they had reservations about the additional cost of smart gun technology. Only 19 percent of gun owners said they would be extremely likely or somewhat likely to pay an additional $300 on top of a standard weapon’s retail price for “smart” features. And 70 percent said they were very or somewhat concerned about the weapons’ reliability. Moreover, gun owners who reported already having safe storage practices for their firearms were 50 percent more likely to purchase personalized guns, suggesting the products may have only a limited impact in those households. “I would say I was disappointed with the results, but not surprised,” said Cassandra Crifasi, a Johns Hopkins public health professor who co-authored the study. “If we could wave a magic wand and replace all existing firearms with smart guns, we would see public health benefits. But as it stands, it would take a huge amount of time for these weapons to filter out into the market.” […]

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