"What gun owner wouldn’t want
a gun that, if it got into hands of a child, would be rendered inoperable?" Weinberg asked the crowd after listing off stories and statistics about handgun deaths—particularly that of 10,000 American children and teens who go to an emergency room every year due to firearm incidents. "As a mother, a grandmother, a lawmaker, and a citizen who believes in policy [to increase public safety], childproofing handguns was common sense."
"I’m probably the only person in this room who has zipped kids into bodybags," Urquhart told the crowd.
"We pick up kids who have killed themselves with other people's handguns. We don’t like that." He also mentioned a statistic about over 500 American police officers in the past decade being killed with their own handguns by apprehended suspects—including one he personally knew.
"Any tech to make that better is a good thing. That being said, [smart gun technology] is not ready for my officers yet. If it worked 110 percent of the time, I’d be interested."
The symposium was unable to reach a consensus about any possible smart gun mandate—a concept whose legality has yet to be fully tested in any major court. One member of the crowd, who identified herself as a lawyer, cited the decision from the 2008 Supreme Court case District of Columbia v. Heller and focused on its mention of
"operable" handguns. As a result of that precedent, if a state or federal mandate came down about smart guns, and such guns' reliability had been proven without a shadow of a doubt, a mandate might ultimately be upheld, the audience member said.