White House wants to make it easier for law enforcement to use ‘smart guns’
While seemingly modest, the proposals came under fire from some police groups and gun rights organizations
By Juliet Eilperin and Michael S. Rosenwald
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — The White House issued a set of recommendations Friday aimed at curbing the illegal use of firearms by making it easier for federal, state and local agencies to purchase “smart guns” that would function only in the hands of specified users.
The measures include a proposed rule that would allow the Social Security Administration to report beneficiaries with mental health problems to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
While seemingly modest, the proposals came under fire from some police groups and gun rights organizations even before they were publicly unveiled. But anti-gun-violence activists and administration officials described the measures as prudent steps aimed at preventing firearms from getting into the wrong hands.