A voice activated locking apparatus for handguns and rifles. The apparatus is designed to fit into handgrips that replace the factory provided handgrips. Flexible membrane circuitry is contained within the handgrips as well as the power source for the apparatus so that the unit does not have to be made part of the weapon and can easily be added at a later time. The only other modification of the weapon that is necessary is to make a slight change to the trigger assembly or trigger bar. The operator speaks into a small microphone exposed to the outside surface of the handle grip so that authentication of the operator's speech pattern is performed. A verified speech pattern by a voice recognition chip unlocks a solenoid mechanism that allows the weapon to be fired. The identifiable speech pattern stored within the voice recognition chip can be reprogrammed for another user via the micrphone and an interface keypad housed on the weapon grip.
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1. A voice activated locking apparatus for a weapon having handgrips and a trigger that when pulled activates a discharge assembly causing said weapon to discharge, said apparatus comprising:
- a microphone, attached to one of said handgrips on said weapon, wherein said microphone is positioned to receive an operator's voice having a speech pattern;
- locking means, connected to the discharge assembly of said weapon, for preventing the activation of said weapon when said trigger is pulled;
- voice recognition means, connected to said microphone and said locking means, for evaluating the voice received by said microphone to verify that the speech pattern of the voice corresponds to only that of an authorized operator;
- operator interface means, connected to said voice recognition means, for initiating recording of the authorized operator's voice pattern by said voice recognition means, such that if the voice pattern received by said microphone is authenticated by said voice recognition means, said voice recognition means causes said locking means to unlock said weapon.
2. The voice activated locking apparatus of claim 1 further comprising:
- code input means, connected to said voice recognition means, for allowing operator access to said voice recognition program.
3. The voice activated locking apparatus of claim 2 further comprising:
- a power supply attached to said weapon, wherein said power supply provides electrical power to said apparatus, and wherein said voice recognition means further comprises power saving means for turning off said power supply after a pre-selected period of inactivity.