Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., speaks during a news conference about gun legislation on Capitol Hill, Washington.
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A small number of police departments are showing interest in a new type of video camera that can be mounted directly on officers' guns, saying it may offer a better view of officer-involved shootings than body cameras.Besides the better view, supporters say the pros include lower video storage costs because gun cameras record much less often than body cameras, and a feature in some models that instantly alerts dispatchers and nearby police via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when officers draw their weapons and may need help.Officers' body cameras also may not be turned on, gun camera proponents say.The cameras cost around $500, about the same as some body cameras, and mount under the gun barrel.There doesn't appear to be any gun camera footage of a police shooting yet because police agencies have not formally approved use of the cameras and no shootings happened during trials.The NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union both say gun cameras should not be used instead of body cameras.Brian Hedeen, president and chief executive of Viridian Weapon Technologies, said gun cameras can also save police departments money in video storage costs because they produce less than 1 percent of the data body cameras do.
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