AP outlines the argument in favor of random weapon checks has returned in the aftermath of a mass shooting on a New York City subway train.
Security experts counsel installing such a system in the city’s subway system has distinct challenges but is not impossible.
The fact scanners need to be accompanied by human operators to confront people carrying firearms illegally is the main problem rather than the availability of the technology.
If approved they will help stem one aspect of the violence that is increasingly coming to define the porous mass transit system.
“Logistically, it would be a nightmare. You’re going to have to tie up a lot of officers doing this,” James Dooley, a retired New York Police Department captain who served in the department’s transit division, told AP “We have hundreds of stations, and the fact of the matter is that putting someone at every entrance to every station is logistically impossible.”