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Smart Guns In Future?

One foundation is challenging Americans around the country to develop firearms that are safer. 

Since the start of the new year there have been over a dozen of school and mall shootings in the country.

"We got involved looking at the issue of gun violence as result of the Sandy Hook shootings on December 14, 2012," said Jim Pitkow, Director of Smart Tech Foundation. 

These incidents happen so frequently it continues to bring the conversation of gun control to the forefront. 

"We looked at the stakes and thought there must be more that we can do to make firearms safer while still maintaining and respecting the right to bare arms," said Pitkow. 

Pitkow said the foundation wants the steer the conversation to gun safety and in the process wants to reward individuals participate, and work to create new technologies to safeguard guns. 

"Smart Tech Foundation's mission is to reduce gun violence through innovation and week seek to do that through a series of million dollar challenges. our first is focused on creating smarter safer firearms," said Pitkow.

Newschannel 6 reached out Texomans about the foundations attempt to curb America's gun violence by creating "smart guns" and many did not believe it will help make a difference.

"We all want safety but it's not practical to have really high technology in such cheap weapons," said Dan Boone, a Texoma resident.

Roy Contrales, visiting Texoma from Oklahoma said, "they trying to get like James Bond. You have to have a certain grip or finger print to shoot the gun. I do not know about that."

"I shoot others people guns so that will stop all that. people sell guns to each other. there's gun shows what are they going to do," said Lisa Nelson, a Texoma resident. 

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6 
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