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CT group calls for changes with gun manufacturers

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Some police departments are joining an initiative to push gun manufacturers to make and sell safer guns.

The police departments would only buy their service weapons from companies that are committed to smart technology or companies being more aggressive with keeping guns out of criminal's hands.

Police and gun advocates want to push the gun makers to use more smart technology, like the new iPhones use, where only the owner can unlock his or her phone by using their thumb print.

The last thing Jackie Pettway's son said before he was shot and killed 14 months ago was “I will be right back.”

Now she spends all of her time trying to push gun manufacturers to step up their efforts to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

"They're interested in making money but they're not putting a value on our children's lives,” she said.

Now, she is teaming up with mayors, police chiefs and a group called Conect.

At a news conference on Monday, the group announced plans to tell gun manufacturers that they're going to start losing business from police departments if they don't start building better technology into guns.

One suggestion was to install a smart palm or fingerprint technology on a gun which would only allow the registered owner to fire it.

"This is going to be one more thing we can do as a nation to make our streets safer all around,” said Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe.

"It's not about legislation, not about gun rights this is about gun safety,” said Bridgeport Police Chief Joe Gaudett.

Conect sent out several teams on Monday to knock on the doors of gun manufacturers, and one team was able to get in with the higher management at Sturm Ruger in Fairfield.

Pettway wants her son's death to help create change and she hopes the gun manufacturers listen.

"If you're not going to use this kind of security then we don't buy them,” Pettway said.

Conect is working to push this idea across the country and are also working with Massachusetts to implement the initiatives.

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