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Smart Guns Reportedly Coming to U.S. Stores This Year

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Smith & Wesson was one of the first manufacturers to release a smart gun prototype in 2000, but backed off from the design following boycotts.

The biggest names in the firearm industry also are largely absent from the smart gun conversation, though that wasn’t always the case.

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"Smart guns," the personalized firearms once heralded as tech's solution to rampant U.S. gun deaths before quietly pittering out of the mainstream conversation, are gearing up for a 2022 comeback.

That news comes via a Reuters report focusing on smart gun makers LodeStar Works and SmartGunz LLC (yes, that's actually their name) which both plan to have products commercially available late this year. Last week, LodeStar reportedly revealed more details around its 9mm handgun to investors, while SmartGunz claims local law enforcement is beta testing its own personalized handgun. The LodeStar version is reportedly geared towards "first-time buyers" and could cost $895.

"We finally feel like we're at the point where ... let's go public," LodeStar Co-Founder Gareth Glaser told Reuters. "We're there."

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