Blockchain for Gun Safety
This paper discusses the need and proposed solution for a revamped monitoring system of the manufacturing, selling, and tracking of firearms in America by utilizing Blockchain technology. The paper addresses the ways in which America’s gun system has failed, allowing America’s gun violence to reach all time peaks. For the sake of this paper, the phrase “America’s gun system” refers to the current manner in which the country tracks guns and conducts mandatory background checks required for gun purchasing. The proposed solution focuses on using the emerging technology Blockchain’s capabilities to conduct more accurate background checks, integrate expansive public and private data sources, to produce actionable intelligence regarding America’s gun population and their owners. This being a Not-for-Profit project, the primary goal is making our country safer by decreasing gun violence. It does not seek an economic return on investment. Yet the project also has economic benefits that this paper addresses. Since firearms are a divisive political topic in America, one of the main strengths of this solution is that no gun laws have to change. Instead, intelligence integration/sharing will enhance their enforcement . The solution is politically-neutral at its core. The paper also will address the legal and ethical ramifications of using Blockchain in this manner and will highlight the capabilities of Blockchain technology that distinguish it from alternative solutions.
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