As gun violence continues to soar to an all-time high, one teen is doing everything he can to find a solution by creating the world's first smart gun.
The gun, which 18-year-old Kai Kloepfer has been developing for more than three years, will have fingerprint-ID technology to allow for the weapon's owner — and only the weapon's owner — to use it safely.
In an Indiegogo campaign, Kloepfer explains (through a series of well-designed graphics) 70 percent of shootings involving a child also involve an unsecured gun, while 82 percent of child suicides involving a gun are committed using a family member's weapon.
By developing a smart gun, Kloepfer hopes to decrease both accidental shooting deaths and deaths resulting from unlawful possession of firearms.
It's a brilliant idea — but one that's going to need a lot of funding to make a reality. So far, Kloepfer raised $8,725, but he needs at least $72,000 to create his first prototype.
You can learn more about the technology in the video below, and head to IndieGoGo to read more and back the campaign.