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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Talking Gun

SYDNEY, Australia -- The Australian developer of a revolutionary firearms system Tuesday unveiled the world's first electronic handgun that "talks" to the shooter before it blasts at a rate of 50,000 rounds per minute - and can only be fired by the authorized user.

A built-in security feature ensures only users wearing a dress ring containing a tiny transponder that communicates with the gun are authorized to fire it.

The gun, which looks like a conventional semiautomatic pistol, was unveiled just a day after Maryland became the first U.S. state to require built-in safety locks on new handguns.

Metal Storm Ltd., the Brisbane-based developer of the prototype O'Dwyer VLE pistol, said the police and military in the United States were likely to be the biggest market for the lightweight weapon.