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NYPD and Defense Department Testing Gun Scan Technology

NYPD/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Law enforcement in New York may soon be able to detect guns without a physical search.

"We want to use new technology to protect the public and police officers from illegal guns.  In partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office, we’re working to develop a tool capable of detecting concealed firearms," NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Tuesday.

The NYPD is testing a new device that uses a kind of natural radiation emitted from the body to determine whether a suspect is carrying a concealed handgun.  Such energy cannot pass through metal so the sensor could give officers an outline of where the gun has been tucked.  

So far the technology only works at close range, but police in New York and the Department of Defense are hoping to make it work from 80 feet away so they could scan an entire scene for weapons -- a new tool to fight what the police commissioner says are still too many shootings.

"The development work is moving forward and we hope to utilize the sensor as soon as it meets our requirements," Kelly said, adding, "Of course, we aren’t relying on technology alone to achieve our vision of the future.  We’re also conducting a top to bottom review of the department to identify where we can improve in the next decade."

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TSA Chief: No Second Thoughts About Security Measures

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Cries of outrage from the public, threats to opt-out of full body scanning, and lawsuits over overly aggressive frisking aren't giving the head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) any second thoughts about airport security.

"Obviously we know the threats are real so that's what we are trying to deal with here, to keep it in context," John Pistole told ABC News. "The reason we are doing these types of pat-downs and using the advanced imagery technology is trying to take the latest intelligence and how we know al Qaeda and affiliates want to hurt us, they want to bring down whether it is passenger air craft or cargo aircraft."

Next Wednesday -- one of the busiest travel days of the year -- some airline passengers are threatening to opt-out of the full body scanners en masse to snarl airport traffic in an effort to protest the machines and full body pat-downs they say are too invasive.

Pistole defended the measures saying the TSA is trying to balance the public's concerns with the intelligence information about potential threats. He said the scanners do not store images and TSA employees offer private screenings for passengers who request them.

"In the final analysis it comes down to the men and women of the TSA who are there, again, to protect everybody from having somebody get on that flight with explosives," he said.

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