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Child Safe Personalized Weapons

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $1,000,000)

The Congressionally Recommended Awards Program, authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111-117), helps improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, prevent or combat juvenile delinquency, and/or assist victims of crime (other than compensation). Funds should be used for the projects recommended by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-117, and generally consistent with one or more of the following statutory purposes: improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, preventing or combating juvenile delinquency, or assisting victims of crime (other than compensation). Each of these purposes is framed using language drawn, respectively, from the former Byrne discretionary statute, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the Victims of Crime Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 2010 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY2010 Department of Justice Appropriations Act.

The New Jersey Institute of Technology supports the Child Safe Personalized Weapons Project. The project focuses is on the development of an electronic handgun disabling mechanism which along with Grip Recognition provides a complete child safe weapon demonstrable prototype. The FY 2010 grant funds will be used to improve the overall system by further development of the disabling mechanism and the addition of a face imaging and recognition system. The primary goal is to fully ready the technology for commercialization and transitioning handgun safety into an electronic era.


Date Created: September 7, 2010