Lame duck. Lame plan.The Obama administration on Wednesday announced a series of specifications for smart-gun manufacturers, born out of the presidentâ€™s January executive action aimed at curbing gun violence.
But thereâ€™s a catch to the new set of guidelines: Theyâ€™re voluntary. â€œThis project was designed to spur the growth of enhanced gun safety technology â€" and not to mandate that any particular individual or law enforcement agency adopt the technology once developed,â€ the Department of Justice wrote in a blog post.
The National Rifle Associationâ€™s Institute for Legislative Action wrote an essay Friday that questioned what, if anything, the Obama administrationâ€™s smart-gun effort accomplished. â€œBut it appears the president hopes to portray the publication of the document as a â€˜winâ€™ during his waning days in office,â€ the piece stated.
I think that is another part of the Obama legacy that will vanish soon.