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Publication numberUS20030131515 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/053,379
Publication dateJul 17, 2003
Filing dateJan 17, 2002
Priority dateJan 17, 2002
Also published asUS6591531
Publication number053379, 10053379, US 2003/0131515 A1, US 2003/131515 A1, US 20030131515 A1, US 20030131515A1, US 2003131515 A1, US 2003131515A1, US-A1-20030131515, US-A1-2003131515, US2003/0131515A1, US2003/131515A1, US20030131515 A1, US20030131515A1, US2003131515 A1, US2003131515A1
InventorsEdward Wiebe
Original AssigneeEdward Wiebe
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Safety triggering system for a non-lethal weapon and method therefor
US 20030131515 A1
Abstract
A safety triggering mechanism for a non-lethal weapon has a trigger for discharging the weapon. A control circuit is coupled to the trigger. The control circuit will only allow the trigger to discharge the weapon when a light signal transmitted by the control circuit is reflected back to the control circuit.
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Claims(14)
What is claimed is:
1. A safety triggering mechanism for a weapon comprising, in combination:
a trigger for discharging the weapon; and
a control circuit coupled to the trigger which will only allow the trigger to discharge the weapon when a light signal transmitted by the control circuit is reflected back to the control circuit.
2. A safety triggering mechanism for a weapon in accordance with claim 1 wherein the control circuit comprises:
a power source;
an activation switch coupled to the power source;
a transmitter coupled to the switch for transmitting the light signal; and
a receiver coupled to the switch for receiving the light signal transmitted by the transmitter.
3. A safety triggering mechanism for a weapon in accordance with claim 2 wherein the receiver verifies that the light signal received is the same as that transmitted by the transmitter.
4. A safety triggering mechanism for a weapon in accordance with claim 2 further comprising signal lights coupled to the activation switch for providing visual indication of the operating condition of the safety triggering mechanism.
5. A safety triggering mechanism for a weapon in accordance with claim 2 further comprising:
a power bar;
a contact for coupling the power bar to the power source; and
a safety switch which couples the contact to the power bar when the safety switch and the trigger are depressed.
6. A safety triggering mechanism for a weapon in accordance with claim 2 wherein the light signal is a halogen light signal.
7. A safety triggering mechanism for a weapon in accordance with claim 2 wherein the light signal is a light flash signal.
8. A method for providing a safety triggering mechanism for a safe discharge of a weapon comprising the steps of:
providing a safety triggering mechanism coupled to the weapon comprising:
a trigger for discharging the weapon; and
a control circuit coupled to the trigger which will only allow the trigger to discharge the weapon when a light signal transmitted by the control circuit is reflected back to the control circuit
activating the control circuit;
transmitting the light signal by the control circuit;
receiving the transmitted light signal back to the control circuit; and
pulling the trigger to discharge the weapon when the light signal transmitted by the control circuit is reflected back to the control circuit.
9. The method of claim 8 further comprising the step of comparing in the control circuit the transmitted light signal to the transmitted light signal received back.
10. The method of claim 8 wherein the control circuit further comprises the steps of:
providing a power source;
providing an activation switch coupled to the power source;
providing a transmitter coupled to the switch for transmitting the light signal; and
providing a receiver coupled to the switch for receiving the light signal transmitted by the transmitter.
11. The method of claim 10 further comprising the step of providing signal lights coupled to the activation switch for providing visual indication of the operating condition of the safety triggering mechanism.
12. The method of claim 10 wherein the step of providing a control circuit further comprising the step of:
providing a power bar;
providing a contact for coupling the power bar to the power source; and
providing a safety switch which couples the contact to the power bar when the safety switch and the trigger are depressed.
13. The method of claim 8 wherein the light signal is a halogen light signal.
14. The method of claim 8 wherein the light signal is flash light signal.
Description
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] 1. Field of the Invention

[0002] This invention relates generally to weapons, and more specifically, to a safety triggering system for a non-lethal weapon which will only allow the non-lethal weapon to be discharged in an enclosed area. The safety triggering mechanism may be adapted to be used on other types of weapons as well.

[0003] 2. Background of the Invention

[0004] As the crime rate increases, more and more people are arming themselves with weapons for protection. A problem arises in the fact that many people are using these weapons for offensive purposes. Many people are using these weapons not to protect themselves from home invasion but to commit crimes.

[0005] Many different types of patents have been written which attempt to protect individuals from the accidental discharge of the weapon. Other patents have been written which will only allow certain individuals to discharge the weapon. However, presently, there are no systems which will only allow a non-lethal weapon to be used for home defense. In order to protect people from the offensive use of non-lethal weapons, a triggering system which would only permit the discharge of the non-lethal weapon in the enclosed confines of a home will prevent many crimes from being committed.

[0006] Therefore, a need existed to provide an improved safety triggering system for a non-lethal weapon. The improved safety triggering system will only allow the non-lethal weapon to be used in enclosed areas. The improved triggering safety system will thus prevent the non-lethal weapon from being used outdoors in the commission of a criminal offense.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0007] In accordance with one embodiment of the present invention, it is an object of the present invention to provide an improved safety triggering mechanism.

[0008] It is another object of the present invention to provide an improved safety triggering mechanism which will only allow a non-lethal weapon to be discharged in an enclosed area.

[0009] It is still another object of the present invention to provide an improved safety triggering mechanism which will only allow a non-lethal weapon to be discharged in an enclosed area thereby preventing the non-lethal weapon from being used outdoors to commit a criminal offense.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

[0010] In accordance with one embodiment of the present invention, a safety triggering mechanism for a weapon is disclosed. The safety triggering mechanism has a trigger for discharging the weapon. A control circuit is coupled to the trigger. The control circuit will only allow the trigger to discharge the weapon when a light signal transmitted by the control circuit is reflected back to the control circuit.

[0011] In accordance with another embodiment of the present invention, a method of providing a safety triggering mechanism for a safe discharge of a weapon is disclosed. The method comprises the steps of: providing a safety triggering mechanism coupled to the weapon comprising: a trigger for discharging the weapon; and a control circuit coupled to the trigger which will only allow the trigger to discharge the weapon when a light signal transmitted by the control circuit is reflected back to the control circuit activating the control circuit; transmitting the light signal by the control circuit; receiving the transmitted light signal back to the control circuit; and pulling the trigger to discharge the weapon when the light signal transmitted by the control circuit is reflected back to the control circuit.

[0012] The foregoing and other objects, features, and advantages of the invention will be apparent from the following, more particular, description of the preferred embodiments of the invention, as illustrated in the accompanying drawing.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0013] The novel features believed characteristic of the invention are set forth in the appended claims. The invention itself, as well as a preferred mode of use, and advantages thereof, will best be understood by reference to the following detailed description of illustrated embodiment when read in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, wherein like reference numerals and symbols represent like elements.

[0014]FIG. 1 is a side view of a non-lethal weapon incorporating the safety triggering mechanism of the present invention.

[0015]FIG. 2 is a top view of the enclosure cover used in the safety triggering mechanism of the present invention.

[0016]FIG. 3 is a side view of the enclosure cover used in the safety triggering mechanism of the present invention.

[0017]FIG. 4 is a bottom view of the enclosure cover used in the safety triggering mechanism of the present invention.

[0018]FIG. 5 is a simplified block diagram of the safety triggering mechanism of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

[0019] Referring now to the Figures, a safety triggering mechanism 10 (hereinafter mechanism 10) is shown. The mechanism 10 is used to only allow a non-lethal weapon 12 to be fired within an enclosed area. Thus, the non-lethal weapon 12 may only be discharged in a home or building. The mechanism 10 will thus benefit the homeowner/business owner by protecting them from charges and/or lawsuits for the unreasonable use of force while still allowing them to protect their home/business from an intruder. Furthermore, the mechanism 10 would prevent criminals from committing crimes in an open environment area. It should be noted that the mechanism 10 may be embodied in various different types of non-lethal weapons and/or firearms in various different forms and embodiments.

[0020] The mechanism 10 will generally have control circuitry 14 located within an enclosure 16 which is coupled to the non-lethal weapon 12. The control circuitry 14 will have an activation switch 18. The activation switch 18 is used to activate and deactivate the control circuitry 14 and hence the non-lethal weapon 12.

[0021] Once the activation switch 18 is placed in an “ON” position, power from a power source 20 flows to the control circuitry 14 and to the non-lethal weapon 10. The power source 20 may be any type of power source. In general a DC power source is used. The DC power source may be a battery, a rechargeable battery, or the like.

[0022] The power source 20 will send a current to a transmitter 22. The transmitter 22 will then flood the area with a light source. The light source may be any type of light. For example, infrared, ultraviolet, a light flash similar to a photography light flash, a halogen light beam, and the like may be used. It should be noted that the listing of the above identified light sources are used as an example and should not be seen as to limit the scope of the present invention. A light source having a wavelength sufficient to reflect off a surface is generally used. The transmitted light source will be reflected around the enclosed area.

[0023] A receiver 24 located on the non-lethal weapon will monitor and receive any reflected light source. The receiver 24 will verify that the light source received by the receiver 24 is the same (i.e., same wavelength, frequency, etc.) as that transmitted by the transmitter 22. If the light source received by the receiver 24 is the same as that transmitted by the transmitter 22, the receiver 24 will send a signal to a power bar 26. The power bar 26 will arm the non-lethal weapon 12. A signal light 27 will illuminate when the non-lethal weapon 12 is armed and the mechanism 10 is ready to discharge the non-lethal weapon 12.

[0024] When the mechanism 10 is activated, a signal is sent to a safety switch 28. The operator by pressing and holding the trigger 30 and the safety switch 28 will couple a conductor 30 between the power bar 26 and a contact 32. This will provide power to discharge the non-lethal weapon 12. When the trigger 30 is released, the trigger 30 is separated from the contact 32 by means of a magnet 34. Further, the safety switch 28 will revert back to an its original position forming an “open” circuit in the control circuitry 14.

[0025] While the invention has been particularly shown and described with reference to preferred embodiments thereof, it will be understood by those skilled in the art that the foregoing and other changes in form and details may be made therein without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.

Classifications
U.S. Classification42/70.11
International ClassificationF41A17/46, F41A17/06
Cooperative ClassificationF41A17/06, F41A17/46
European ClassificationF41A17/46, F41A17/06
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
Sep 22, 2003ASAssignment
Dec 7, 2006FPAYFee payment
Year of fee payment: 4
Feb 21, 2011REMIMaintenance fee reminder mailed
Jul 15, 2011LAPSLapse for failure to pay maintenance fees
Sep 6, 2011FPExpired due to failure to pay maintenance fee
Effective date: 20110715