From the article since it seems many have missed this point in the past:
Gun advocacy groups such as the National Rifle Association and the NSSF have said they do not oppose smart gun technology. They simply do not want the technology to be mandated.
Let's have a safe firearm. After all these people will claim they don't want to take our deer rifles so let's build a "safe" deer rifle.
We don't want this rifle going off without the intent of the user, so we have a thumb safety placed conveniently so the user may enable and disable the safety while in a firing position. We want this rifle to be accurate since we don't want the bullet to hit anything other than the game it was sighted upon. In doing so we will have as standard equipment a proven sighting system with a ring rear sight and a post front sight. This sight shall have simple and easy means to adjust for elevation and windage. For better accuracy let's give people the option to mount any other sighting system they choose, perhaps a laser sight if gaming laws allow.
To make sure the rifle can be controlled when firing, so that the sight does not leave the target when the trigger is pulled, let's have an ergonomic grip. As a rifle barrel can get exceedingly hot upon firing even once then let's put a finger guard around the barrel so that people will not inadvertently burn their finders. This guard should be sufficiently insulated and sturdy so that it can be used to grip the rifle for better control upon firing.
Since this is a deer rifle we should choose a caliber that is sufficient to kill with a single shot but not so large that it imposes unnecessary recoil upon the hunter. We should make it out of a mix of modern materials to reduce weight where we can and keep heavy hardened steel where we must for reliability. This should be a rifle that is simple to disassemble with minimal training for cleaning, a dirty rifle is a dangerous rifle. To assist in keeping the internals clean the ejection port should have a cover, and to avoid the dangers of having the cover closed upon firing it should open automatically when the first shot is fired.
To minimize fire hazards the rifle should have a means to minimize muzzle flash. Reducing muzzle flash also minimizes eye strain for the hunter so that any game shot but not yet down can be tracked. The finger guard around the barrel also minimizes this risk as a hot barrel cannot touch dried underbrush. Additionally the flash ports can be positioned in a way to reduce muzzle climb and dangerous sparks hitting the ground before they cool in the air. Having the ports facing up but on either side of the line of sight can reduce muzzle climb, reduce fire hazards, while protecting the hunter's eyesight.
Noise from firing can also be a hazard. This rifle should have at least an option on the means to reduce the report if it is not standard equipment. A barrel that is threaded on the end would allow a user to remove the standard flash hider and attach something that controls the report as well as the flash. If flash and report hazards are not a concern but recoil is then the threaded barrel allows for the attachment of a recoil compensator. These devices are known to reduce recoil significantly at the cost of some weight and increase in report volume.
As a curious side effect the addition of a recoil compensator, report suppressor, and/or flash control device all tend to improve the accuracy of the rifle. A hunter is more likely to kill the deer than wound it. A hunter is also much less likely to miss and do damage to property or leave lead bullets behind.
The hunter should be able to unload the rifle quickly, the ammunition should be in a container that can be separated from the rifle with the single press of a button. The means by which the rifle is loaded should give indication from afar as to whether the rifle is loaded or not, as such the ammunition box should be visible from the front and sides when mated to the rifle. An additional safety feature, though uncommon, is having the cartridge to be fired remain in the ammunition box until the trigger is pulled. This means that removable of the ammunition box removes all cartridges, most rifles will have a cartridge in the rifle chamber which would have to be unloaded separately. As this feature is known to cause forces upon the rifle that can cause it to leave the target when the trigger is pulled this might not be desirable for all hunters.
I think I've covered most of the features one would want in a "safe" rifle. An astute reader is likely to have already come to the "punchline" on this description of a safe rifle. The rifle I just described is the AR-15. If we include the less common feature of firing from an open bolt, where the cartridge remains in the magazine until the trigger is pulled, then we'd be including such rifles as the Thompson Model 1921, better known as the "Tommy Gun".
When the "gun safety" crowd claims they don't want to take away my deer rifle I know that they are lying to me. The AR-15 and it's variants is the most popular deer rifle on the market today, and for good reason. It's popular because it is safe. By banning features common on an "assault rifle" these "gun safety experts" are making rifles less safe.
Oh, but you want to make my pistol or rifle "safer" by adding a fingerprint detector or RFID proximity device? No thanks. My pistol has multiple safeties on it already. There is a thumb safety, grip safety, firing pin lock, and probably others I missed. This pistol was designed a century ago with some moderate modifications since. Additionally it fires subsonic ammunition as its standard specification, a nice feature to reduce noise and recoil. My pistol is a Colt Model 1911. A very safe pistol. It could be made safer with the addition of a report suppression device but the powers that be where I live has deemed them verboten. I guess they like the idea of people going deaf.