Over the past 20 years, we have seen an upswing in technological development which has led to the world as we know it. We have televisions which have gotten bigger and lighter than ever with higher picture quality for a fraction of the cost. Computers have gone from black and green screens to hand sized, portable information centers we carry with us everywhere. This technology has allowed us to monitor and live safer, more secure lives. We can keep our houses, cars, and electronic devices safe with a password or code. This kind of security will soon be available in firearms thanks to the work of a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Kai Kloepfer.

This MIT freshman has developed a firearm which has a built in security system which allows only programmed, authorized users to use the weapon with fingerprint recognition. Guns with this kind of technology have only been seen in Science Fiction and Spy films, but Kloepfer believes he has the technology to make these firearms a reality. With the constant change in the advancement of technology, he may not be wrong.

It is no secret firearm security is an issue. If someone breaks into a car or home and steals a firearm, they can use it for any number of acts, criminal or otherwise. If a child gets ahold of a firearm, the results can be tragic. This biometric security program would ensure those who obtained the weapon cannot use it as they do not have the appropriate clearance.

Kloepfer is the founder of a start-up in Boulder, Colorado called BioFire. Still housed in his parent’s residence, he began developing firearms as a science project in high school. At the age of fifteen, he would spend hours poring over plans, developing ideas, and putting drafts on paper. Now, four years later, he has developed a moderately functional prototype which not only locks like a smart phone, it charges like one.

Even though he is still working out the kinks in his design and the programming, Kloepfer has made leaps and strides where others have failed. Even fabled Smith & Wesson attempted and ultimately abandoned the quest for a smart gun in the late 1990s. Though others are skeptical about the imminent success of his project, investors who put in early money to Google and Facebook have already provided much needed funds to the development of the prototype.