I received an email the other day:
My name Is Yachdav. I’m part of an Israeli team that developed a unique gun lock called ZORE X.
Our bullet shaped lock prevents the gun from being charged and when unlocked it ejects by just charging the gun. It also notifies the gun owner if someone tampers with their gun. Is this something you’d write / post about?
We believe ZORE X will save many lives by both preventing unauthorized use of guns and at the same time making guns more accessible for their gun owners when they need them.
I’m attaching some material about us. I’d be happy to send you more information about ZORE if you’d like.
Thank you very much,
I watched the video and was bit annoyed with the falling brass without primers from the simulated gunfire but my only real concern was battery life and how they handle the dead battery situation. I read their FAQ and found:
What if my battery runs out, will my gun disable with no way of opening it?
- Your battery will last for more than a year.
- Three months before your battery drains, ZØRE will send you notifications, reminding you to change your battery.
- One month before the battery drains, when unlocking ZØRE, it will not allow you to re-lock without changing the battery.
- In addition, you are able to set your ZØRE to open automatically before draining out.
- If your battery drains out nonetheless, you are able to connect an external battery to give it power, enabling you to dial your code and open it.
What if someone removes the battery from my ZORE?
That is impossible – as long as your gun is locked, no one can remove the battery from your ZORE. The battery is only accessible when ZORE is open.
The battery is accessible only when ZØRE is open. Therefore, when your gun is locked, no one can take the battery out of your ZØRE.
All my concerns about “smart guns” (this isn’t really a smart gun, but it achieves some of the worthy goals of them) were well addressed except for the potential to have them become government mandated. I liked the phone app that tells you if someone has moved (probably accelerometer based, it doesn’t use GPS) your gun. The app also allows you to unlock the gun remotely and helps you train to get to your gun and unlock it quickly.
It would appear to be a good solution for many situations.
Update: I received another email after they read my blog post above. Here is most of the email:
It is important for me to say that the option of government mandating it is something we gave a lot of thought to.
We wanted to make sure there’s no [way] to force anyone to use it – that’s how we came to the conclusion we must separate the lock from the gun itself (or from the magazine – anything that’s involved in actually using the gun).
We’re a company that strongly believes in freedom – and ZORE X’s market is people who make the choice of locking their gun, enabling them a reliable and fast to remove solution. For those who don’t lock their gun – ZORE X is irrelevant. We are making a notification-only device that might be relevant for some of those people – but we intentionally avoided making a products that could [not] bring with it any type of legislation.
I’m attaching pictures of the ZORE Watchdog.