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Misuse of handguns is a significant factor in deaths, morbidity, and crime in the United States. One approach to reducing certain types of handgun misuse is to create a user-authorized handgun (UAHG), a firearm that can be operated only by an authorized user(s). Technological Options for User-Authorized Handguns clarifies the technical challenges of developing a reliable UAHG. This report determines the requirements and specifications of UAHGs for those concerned with public and/or personal safety, and identifies technologies that could satisfy these needs.

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National Academy of Engineering. 2005. Technological Options for User-Authorized Handguns: A Technology-Readiness Assessment. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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80 pages |  6 x 9 | 

  • Paperback:  978-0-309-09699-7
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