This app started out looking sort of interesting,
"The 58-year-old inventor has created a new app called Lockdown, which he believes could decrease the country's number of gun-related crimes. The app works with a “clip” containing a GPS chip that a user can attach to his gun. The owner leaves his gun in designated areas and enters a code when he wants to remove his weapon. If someone removes the gun without entering the code, the smart chip sends a notification to the owner's smartphone. The gun owner can then cancel the alert, or forward it to police, family, neighbors, or anyone else he's chosen as an emergency contact on the app."
This app could have promise as many gun owners have a lot of money invested in their collections and knowing if someone is messing with them is a good thing. And there are many apps out there which gun owners use, such as the app I've mentioned before that lists businesses that post that they ban guns in their venues.
But then comes the kicker that likely insures that this app will never become "profitable" without government intervention,
"In an ideal scenario, Barron said, congress would pass a law that would require gun makers to include Lockdown’s technology on weapons—legislation that could possibly piss off gun-rights groups like the National Rifle Association."
He even has a history of coming up with safety products that work and have become profitable on their own merit in the private sector,
"His company, Public Transportation Safety International Corporation, creates the S-1 GARD Danger Zone Deflector, the plastic arms that extend from the front of buses to prevent people from getting run over."
I've seen these devices on school buses, a great idea that has a widening market. While they are mandated in some states, they aren't in others. However, with the recent exposures of government misuse of surveillance technology, Mr. Barron has just shot himself in the foot so to speak. I do applaud his honesty though.