New Nanotech Set to Track, Self-Destruct, and GPS Tag Guns Wirelessly

August 11th, 2013
Updated 08/11/2013 at 3:37 am

The U.S. government is developing new firearm nanotechnology that can track, disrupt, and even self-destruct firearms.

Nanotech handgun with DARPA logo.The technological system, known as a micro-electromechanical system (MEMS),  utilizes tiny devices that are implanted in guns and other weapons. These devices are more than chips; they are actual mechanical processes created by precision engineering that can affect the weapon’s operations. Media reports reveal the devices include miniature GPS systems designed to make guns easier to track and self-destruct systems that could cause them to explode if they receive a wireless signal.

The technology coincides with the ‘smart gun’ technology Anthony Gucciardi has broken down in the past, which can be used to ‘turn off’ weapons when in gun free zones or whenever designated by government.

Other capabilities being developed include software that could interfere with the operation of targeting systems. This could include laser sights that couldn’t lock onto a person in uniform. Another possibility is targeting systems or sights that simply stop working after a certain date or shut down if they receive a wireless signal.

Guns That Self-Destruct

The scary thing is that MEMS is being developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Pentagon’s science division. The idea is that this technology will be used in weapons given to questionable allies such as the Syrian rebels, who Obama is currently funding with weapons and other resources.

DARPA actually has a program to develop what it calls ‘Vanishing Programmable Resources'; in other words, weapons that will self-destruct. The idea here is to make weapons that can be ordered to self-destruct if they fall into the wrong hands.

High Tech Gun Control

The scary thing is that this technology is emerging right now, and it isn’t hard to imagine law enforcement or gun control zealots demanding that such technologies be built into all guns sold to the public. That way somebody could just push a button somewhere and thousands of guns could simply explode, or the targeting systems could stop working. They could also mandate that all guns contain a tiny transmitter that would make it easy for law enforcement to track down.

This technology isn’t a fantasy; weapons expert Chris Harmer told Bloomberg Businessweek that MEMS capabilities will be built into U.S. weapons within three to five years. Businessweek also reported that the market for MEMS will soon be around $1.1 billion.

Within a few years the federal government and others could have the capability to control guns without banning them. That will mean a huge market for older guns built before this technology became available.

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  1. ebola131 says:

    Before that happens, the 2nd War for Independence happens.


  2. B Woodman says:

    Time to develop and build a self-contained EMP package.
    I can see it now (walk into a gun store with briefcase, trigger EMP inside the briefcase).
    "May I check out that gun, please? Why, it doesn't work! What about that gun? It doesn't work either! Are all your guns new? Well, then, I guess that none of them work. 'Bye."

  3. Yank lll says:

    Maybe we could have them implanted into the heads of politicians and their appointees, as a condition of office, to manage the ones who forget or violate their oath. It will save billions of dollars and millions of lives they wont be able to spend or waste.

    Yank lll

  4. revjen45 says:

    I knew there was a reason for iron sights

  5. rzraick says:

    The never ending control freaks. Who would want a gun that someone else can turn off by remote control?

    Darpa wants to give guns to people it does not trust. Well if you don't trust them, then don't give them guns in the first place. This sound like it could be a good idea on paper, but ideas which look good on paper often turn into nightmares on a practical level.

    Control is the opposite of freedom.

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  6. dogshawred says:

    One more reason to take care of what you own and shoot. Then you will need to ensure that they end up in pro-gun friendly hands when we are gone so they will continue to exist for there intended purpose.

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  8. Catherine says:

    This is a really scary use of nanotechnology, unlike others that make me smile and await for what future brings.

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  11. evelina says:

    I can't believe that in the age we are living in we still pay so much attention to firearms and the possibility of war. I thought we had outgrown such problems. When will violence come to an end?

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    gun is very dangerous, be carefful

  13. daniela says:

    How can we imagine world peace when we constantly see that new guns are developed and new high tech weapons are available?

  14. Ionela says:

    I disagree with weapons, in a moment of madness never know what can happen and get carried away.In the past people were reacting calmly, without being so violent. Intelligence is the weapon

  15. viorela says:

    ok, this is scary! I'm scared of guns as is…..I don't want to constantly worrying about something going wrong and the thing just exploding.

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    Greater prevention methods are always welcome but it’s hard to see how this technology upgrade will make the guns safer now they will blow up on instruction.

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