Nick Penzenstadler reports: More Americans had their backgrounds checked purchasing guns on Black Friday than any day in the on record, according to data released by the FBI this week.
The National Instant Criminal Background Check System processed 185,345 requests on Nov. 27, one of the largest retail sales days in the country.
“This was an approximate 5% increase over the 175,754 received on Black Friday 2014,” wrote Stephen Fischer, the FBI’s chief of multimedia productions. “The previous high for receipts were the 177,170 received on 12/21/2012.”
Previous spikes for background checks, conducted before a gun buyer can obtain a firearm, occurred after prominent mass shootings, like in December 2012 in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Read the rest of this entry »
Doug Aamoth reports: This is the Gun Box. It’s currently seeking funding on Indiegogo. I know zero about guns and the receptacles one would use to store guns, but this thing really looks more like an oversized wireless router and there’s a bunch of tech to talk about here, so let’s keep moving.
At the top of the line, the Gun Box Premier will set you back $400 at retail (you can get discounts on each version by backing the project on Indiegogo). For that, you get the router-looking box, which is made of aircraft strength aluminum alloy and is damn-near fireproof and damn-near tamper proof. In fact, if someone tampers with it, its motion sensors will kick in and send an alert to your phone.
It’s also got GPS, so if someone steals it, you’ll be able to track it on a map (there’s a Kensington lock port to prevent theft in the first place). The back of the box has two USB ports; the idea being that you can put this thing on your nightstand and plug your gadgets into the ports at night for charging.
Fancy, eh? All this for a box you use to lock up your handgun. Oh, and to unlock it, you can use your fingerprint instead of fumbling around with keys or however else people usually lock up their guns.
The $300 version gets you many of the same features, minus the GPS stuff. The $240 version gets you many of the same features but sports an RFID lock instead of a fingerprint lock. You unlock it by waving a wristband or ring that contain built-in smart chips over the box. The same feature comes standard along with the fingerprint unlocking mechanism found in the two more expensive models.
The Gun Box [Indiegogo]