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Senators Lautenberg and Corzine Secure $1 Million To Accelerate Smart Gun Development

Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Senator Jon S. Corzine (D-NJ), will announce tomorrow that they have secured $1 million in federal appropriations funding for 2005 to accelerate the development of a safer and more secure personalized handgun at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).  The senators secured similar funding last year for 2004.

The senators’ announcement will take place during a testing of a smart gun prototype by NJIT security officers. NJIT researchers will be available to answer questions.   (NOTE:  To attend the 1 p.m. event at the Sgt. James J. Shea Memorial Pistol Range, 16th St, Bayonne, http://www.range.bayonne.net/, contact Sheryl Weinstein, 973-596-3436, Alex Formuzis, 202-224-1309 or David Wald, 973-645-3030.)

The funds are part of Congress’ 2005 omnibus appropriations bill. The U.S. Senate passed the bill last week following its passage several weeks earlier by the U.S. House of Representatives.  The bill wraps unfinished fiscal business for 2005 into one package and includes funding for higher education, science research, homeland security and more. 

NJIT has spearheaded efforts to develop a personalized handgun that can recognize instantly and reliably one or more preprogrammed authorized operators since spring of 2000.  The project has come to be known as “smart gun.”   New Jersey Legislature has awarded $1.5 million, since the project’s inception.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.