Are ‘smart guns,’ firearms that can only be fired by authorized individuals, the way of the future? Some are hoping so. But Frank Miniter, author of “The Future of the Gun,” said on The Glenn Beck Program Tuesday that some gun owners are concerned about the technology for one reason: government mandates.

“New Jersey has had a law on the books since 2002, that once a smart gun becomes available on the market, that can be the only handgun sold in New Jersey,” Miniter explained to guest host Dana Loesch.

Dana Loesch speaks with author Frank Miniter about smart guns on The Glenn Beck Program August 26, 2014. (Photo: TheBlaze TV)

Dana Loesch speaks with author Frank Miniter about smart guns on The Glenn Beck Program August 26, 2014. (Photo: TheBlaze TV)

“I interviewed one of the developers of one of the coolest new smart guns, the Intelligun, and he actually had a little meeting with [U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder] where he told Holder, ‘If you try to mandate my technology, I will burn it down,’” Miniter added.

The author described smart gun technology as promising but unproven, and something that needs to find its place in the market.

John Lott Jr. added that mandating new technology is another way of “[pricing] people out of owning guns.”

Watch the complete discussion, below:

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