- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 4, 2014

The owner of a Maryland firearms shop has canceled plans to sell a smart gun following backlash from people who think the technology will infringe on their rights as gun owners.

Andy Raymond, co-owner of Engage Armament, in Rockville, said his decision came after receiving death threats for plans to sell the Armatix iP1 .22-caliber handgun, which can only function with an accompanying wristwatch.

“You’re going to get what’s coming to you,” was among the messages he received, Mr. Raymond said, as reported by Fox News.

“They told my business partner they would burn down the shop. I try to be reasonable with people but I guess I made a mistake,” he said.

Mr. Raymond posted a 13-minute video on Facebook, vowing that he will never sell the gun.

“I made a mistake and I’m sorry to anybody who I hurt,” he says in the video. “You don’t have anything to worry about from me.”

Smart gun opponents fear the technology could trigger a 2002 New Jersey law that requires all guns sold in the state to be equipped with smart technology within three years of its availability, Reuters reported.

The guns could lead to “a ban on all guns that do not possess the government-required technology,” said a blog by the National Rifle Association’s political arm.

State Sen. Loretta Weinberg said Monday that she’ll ask the legislature to drop the mandate if the NRA promises not to fight smart gun technology.