Police are shooting a smart gun to create an “accurate” gun that will fire bullets to stop the growing epidemic of gun violence.
The gun is being tested by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, and will be used by police officers, who have reported that their officers are more likely to be shot with guns they were not using.
Police Chief Kim Jacobs said the gun was developed in a laboratory by a team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, including one who worked on the gun that killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014.
“We wanted to do something that was not only safe and accurate, but was not going to be too much of a distraction for people,” she said.
Jacobs said the department is planning to test the gun in a controlled setting.
It will have a range of 30 feet (10 meters) and will fire a maximum of 50 bullets per second.
This is the first time that we have had a gun that is accurate enough to stop a gunshot.
But not all police officers will be able to use the weapon.
Jacobs said some officers may be unable to fire the gun at all because they are too young or have other health problems.
She said that could change after the department has an in-person demonstration of the weapon to officers in person.
More on the Indianapolis shooting: This is not an accident: Police shoot gun that works to stop shooting article The police department said the prototype was tested in a police station and had a range for up to 10 feet (3.5 meters) in an enclosed room.
The gun is intended for use by officers who have been shot, Jacobs said.