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San Francisco smart gun symposium attracting leading issue proponents and developers


Encouraged by President Obama’s call for more research and development of smart gun technology, and vice president Biden’s video endorsement Seattle-based Washington Ceasefire and San Francisco-based Smart Tech Challenges Foundation (STCF) are bringing together leading smart gun developers and proponents to discuss the potential of smart guns to save lives and the resources needed to make them a reality.

The International San Francisco Smart Gun Symposium will be held on February 23 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco and will bring together leading smart gun developers such as Ernest Mauch of Germany and Jonathan Mossberg, public health experts such as Stephen Teret of Johns Hopkins, and law enforcement smart gun proponents including San Francisco police chief Greg Suhr.

The event will feature presentations by leading Silicon Valley venture capitalist Ron Conway and Stephen Teret of Johns Hopkins. One of the two panels at the symposium will focus on law enforcement and smart gun adoption. A second panel will discuss “What’s needed to make smart guns a reality”.

A limited number of tickets are available for $50 payable by check at the door and secured by RSVPing the president of Washington Ceasefire at ralphfascitelli@gmail.com or 206-369-2612.

According to STCF director Margot Hirsch: “It’s increasingly clear, the time is now for smart guns and we want to do everything possible to accelerate their development and life saving potential.”

Washington Ceasefire has been dedicated to reducing gun violence since 1983 and over the past 12 months has become a leading national voice for the acceleration of smart gun development.

The Smart Tech Challenges Foundation was formed in 2013 by Silicon Valley investors Rob Conway and Jim Pitkow with a mission to foster innovation in firearm safety. The Smart Tech for Firearms Challenge has granted $1 million to innovators from around the globe developing user-authentication features for firearms, including Identilock inventor Omer Kiyani and Kai Kloepfer, a high school student from Boulder, Colorado who has developed biometrics-based smart gun technology.

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