Why don't most guns have loaded chamber indicators?
September 3, 2012 2:21 PM Subscribe
When listening to the Open Yale Courses class The Psychology, Biology, and Politics of Food
I learned about another public-health issue: Firearm safety. The way the guest lecturer describes it, there's no good reason why firearms shouldn't have a loaded chamber indicator, but most don't. Ever since listening to this lecture a few years ago, I've periodicallyGoogled "child accidentally shot" and every time, I've found fresh news stories of children getting shot when somebody didn't realize there was a bullet in a gun's chamber. So why don't they have these loaded chamber indicators?
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The lecturer says it would add about a dollar to the cost of manufacturing the gun. The lecture was recorded in 2008; has anything changed since then?
Is there any sort of movement to require guns to have loaded chamber indicators? Is it a current issue and I'm just not aware of it? It doesn't seem to be on the public radar.
I've had a hard time finding much discussion of loaded chamber indicators. Am I just not looking in the right places?
entry on "loaded chamber indicator" is the first result when you Google that phrase, and it has only had about 50 edits since it was created in 2007.
The second result is somebody's blog post about how loaded chamber indicators are a stupid idea since if you just assume that the gun is always loaded like you're supposed to, you'll never need a loaded chamber indicator. The blogger also says that they might cause mechanical problems.
Is he right? What sort of mechanical problems could they cause? What are the best arguments against
loaded chamber indicators? They seem like a pretty good idea, like seat belts or air bags. Why don't most guns have them? Where are the discussions?