During the Democratic debates on Thursday evening, former vice president Joe Biden threw his & # 39; smart gun & # 39; policy on the national scene when asked how he would work to combat gun violence.
"We should have smart weapons," said Biden. "No weapon should be able to be sold unless your biometric measure could pull that trigger. It is within our right to do that. We can do that. Our enemy is the weapon manufacturer, not the NRA. The weapon manufacturers. & # 39;
It is a policy that Biden has regularly promoted through the campaign world, but the first was raised during this year's Democratic debates. In general, Biden argues for a form of regulation where weapon manufacturers must include a biometric system that prohibits firearms from being fired by people whose fingerprints are not registered for that specific weapon.
Throughout the Obama era, legislators such as Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced a bill that would require this kind of "smart" attachment to new weapons, and built in older weapons after three years. It is a policy that has long been advocated by arms control groups.
In 2016, President Obama signed an executive action that required new research in the field of smart weapons. That action required the Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security departments to "conduct or sponsor research on weapon security technology." It is unclear how Biden should implement these smart attachments, but it is likely that an action by Congress would be needed that would fall under harsh criticism from the arms lobby.
"I am the only person to beat the NRA nationally," Biden argued. "I'm the one who approved the Brady bill, background checks."