The Advantage Interlock in Phoenix AZ was developed by a former police officer, John S. Whitlock, and is designed to help police officers to protect themselves from gun violence by quickly and efficiently opening and closing the second hand gun’s cylinder after the police officer discharges the firearm. Whitlock developed the device after the shootings in a Phoenix shopping mall that killed 2 people.
Police officers are often confronted with a gun that has accidentally discharged while they are arresting someone. The police officer is then faced with having to get out of the way of the firearm and shoot an innocent person. This can be difficult and dangerous when the gun is fired into another person or an individual who is close by. Whitlock created the Interlock to help protect the police officer when they are faced with this situation.
The Advantage Interlock is a one-handed device that can be used to disarm a gun before it goes off. Once the gun is disarmed, the user must simply turn off the device by pushing it back in place. The device is then completely safe and can be used again without worrying about accidentally firing a gun in a situation where the gun is discharging unexpectedly. Whitlock states that the device has been tested to be 100 percent safe and effective. Whitlock says that the device is easy to use, but users must be properly trained on how to use the device in order to keep their fingers out of the trigger guard. Whitlock also recommends that the gun owners take their Interlock and ammunition to a shooting range to train with the device in order to make sure that they know how to use it properly.