Enjoy GRAND Magazine

for grandparents & those who love them


Grandfather Launches Smart Gun Push After Sandy Hook Shooting

By Laurie Segall@LaurieSegallCNN

Carmen Lobis wants to make guns safer, and he has a very personal reason. His 6-year-old grandson, Ben Wheeler, was one of 26 people killed in the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

As a way of helping memorialize Ben’s brief life, Lobis has launched a crowdfunding campaign to finance an idea he hopes will protect others: a biometric locking station for firearms. The idea is that guns would be stored in a carrier that could only be unlocked by their owner’s fingerprint, making it difficult for intruders or children to get hold of them.

Along with business partner Ben Tomb, Lobis hopes to raise $100,000 to build the technology, called Protector XT.

Lobis, who invests in startups, met Tomb by chance following the death of his grandson. Tomb was building out biometric technology aimed at gun safety. He shared the same first name as Lobis’s grandson.

“I do believe in divine intervention, and I thought my Benny introduced me to this Ben,” said Lobis, who lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

The venture became deeply personal for them both. Tomb had lost a family member in a firearm accident, and Lobis, who was grappling with the death of his grandson on a daily basis, was determined to turn the idea into a reality.

Read the full story here: https://money.cnn.com/2014/04/23/technology/innovation/smart-gun-tech/index.html



Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Only $ 6.95

A Special eBook for New and Expecting GRANDparents

My Grand Baby ebook cover