US President Barack Obama's administration has directed the Departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security to conduct or sponsor research into gun safety technology such as biometric solutions.In a government fact sheet on new executive actions to reduce gun violence and make our communities, the leadership advised that these departments review the availability of smart gun technology on a regular basis, and explore potential ways to further its use and development to more broadly improve gun safety.Obama's team adds: “In the coming weeks, the Administration will engage with manufacturers, retailers, and other private-sector leaders to explore what more they can do.”Critics have said that current gun safety solutions, such as fingerprint activation locks or RFID wristbands, are too risky because it may interfere with the outcome of a life-and-death struggle with an intruder.In January, The leaders of a national gun safety effort led by interfaith religious leaders called for a gun industry trade group to drop opposition to “smart guns” using biometric or other additional authentication methods. The Do Not Stand Idly By campaign say the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) could have intervened when a backlash from gun-rights activists previously forced a withdrawal of products featuring authentication.