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One Brooklyn-- $1 Million Smart Gun Design Competition Press Conference

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Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams kicked off his Smart Gun Design Competition, calling on teams from colleges and universities in New York City, such as the New York City College of Technology, the New York University Tandon School of Engineering, and Pratt Institute, to create the technology that will prevent unauthorized users from firing a gun. At the conclusion of the competition — held in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ), New Yorkers Against Gun Violence (NYAGV), and the Smart Tech Challenge Foundation — Borough President Adams will award a $1 million prize from his capital budget to the institution that has designed the best smart gun. The competition continues efforts by Borough President Adams, himself a former police officer and a gun owner, to support the development of guns that are safe for their users and that minimize the risk of accidental or unauthorized uses. “We expect every other product, from cars to children’s toys, to include safety features that protect the safety of authorized users,” said Borough President Adams. “We need to start applying the same basic principle to firearms, which kill tens of thousands of people each year, often in suicides or accidental shootings that smart gun technology has the potential to prevent. Additionally, as a former police officer, I know from personal experience the deadly consequences of illegal guns on the streets of New York City. We cannot accept another four-tear-old child dying because her friend was playing with a gun or another teenager caught in the cross-fire because he walked down the wrong block at the wrong time. Engaging young people on this important issue of ending senseless gun violence — an issue that has deeply impacted them — is a smart way to reach the solutions needed to save lives. I am pleased to be working with leaders from all sectors of our civil society — including advocates, engineers, law enforcement officials, and students — on this innovative approach to advancing safety in our streets.” Teams will enter the Smart Gun Design Competition between September 1, 2016 and January 1, 2017, submitting their design by the deadline of June 1, 2017; one entry will be accepted per team and schools can enter as many teams as they wish. One graduate student or professor must be on each team with undergraduate students. The team leader must be affiliated with the school, but team membership can be open to the public. A design expo will be held in the summer of 2017, at which time the winning entry will be announced. “The NYPD is pleased to support Borough President Adams’ Smart Gun Design Competition,” said NYPD First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin B. Tucker. “We are certainly in favor of exploring innovative technology that has the potential to reduce injuries and deaths resulting from accidental or unauthorized uses of guns.” “We are honored that the Borough President has made a point of seeking the involvement of the larger university community in the planning of the smart gun project,” said Russell K. Hotzler, president of New York City College of Technology. “This endeavor is emblematic of Borough President Adams’ deep commitment to reducing the epidemic of gun violence that has long plagued our city and our country.” “Smart guns are an opportunity to realize the promise of technology to save lives,” said Margot Hirsch, president of the Smart Tech Challenges Foundation. “Innovations to make sure guns do not fall into the wrong hands, particularly children, are a potent weapon in the gun violence prevention movement.” As a law enforcement officer and a legislator, Borough President Adams has long been dedicated to eliminating the threat of gun violence in Brooklyn. Earlier this month, Borough President Adams hosted the New York City Smart Gun Symposium, the largest-to-date gathering on advancing smart gun technology, in partnership with Washington Ceasefire, a leading gun safety advocacy...