Politicians have spent years trying to come to a resolution between the constitutional right to bear arms, and the need to prevent shootings and protect the innocent. Here’s the harsh reality:

We are divided on this issue and may never come to a resolution

ShotBlock believes that the freedom to own firearms and keeping people and property safe aren't mutually exclusive. Our focus is on stopping would-be assailants who disregard the responsibility of firearm ownership and desire to perpetrate crimes on innocent people. Through our American-engineered, military-grade patented technology, we can reduce the malicious misuse of firearms. ShotBlock is the solution to keeping our families safe, preventing shootings and protecting our communities from hateful acts of gun violence.

I grew frustrated and disheartened watching things get worse, knowing political gridlock won’t change a thing. We need to make a change to protect the innocent, the most vulnerable.

Chris Baker, CEO and founder of ShotBlock

ShotBlock’s Breach Defense System was created to end mass and isolated gun violence.

Too often, we see our friends, our family and our children as victims of horrific and traumatic atrocities. Schools, businesses, houses of worship, and other public spaces have become places that we simply don’t feel safe in anymore. ShotBlock’s Breach Defense System was created as a passion project by engineer and inventor Chris Baker to end mass and isolated gun violence and return a sense of peace and security to us all.

The goal was to develop technology that would provide reliable defense for us and our loved ones. Other products and defense systems can be insufficient in their measures to deter gun violence especially because they can be easily avoided. At ShotBlock, we are committed to stopping gun violence before it can occur by deploying hidden multi-sensors that detect various weapon designs, configurations and compositions. Upon weapon detection, our BDS automatically locks down any location while notifying security and authorities.

About Chris Baker

He is an engineer, volunteer, program manager, inventor, and entrepreneur with over 35 years of experience in the defense industry, including systems testing, product qualification, risk management, hardware verification, integration, and configuration.

After graduating from San Jose State University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, and also completing Master’s level course work in computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics, systems engineering, business management, program management, IT/computer networking and architecting, and cyber security, Chris gained much experience and insight from his employment with Department of Defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMC), starting in 1984.

When Chris began working at LMC, he first operated and maintained digital and analog satellite ground communication systems for the Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN). He then developed software, firmware and hardware for many Department of Defense systems until he became the lead engineer on many projects.

He was later promoted to Chief Engineer where he designed, architected and implemented the world’s first Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) over satellite Department of Defense system that was globally deployed and is still in use today to serve warfighters around the world. In 2001, Chris was promoted to Program Manager for multiple product lines of LMC, and worked on various programs valued from $3.5 million to $2 billion at increasing levels of program management and portfolio leadership until his retirement in 2014.

Chris became more acquainted with firearms during 2007-2010 when he performed vast research and developed implementations regarding the control of firearm muzzle velocity of several firearm types based on situational awareness using electronic controllers and sensors.

Shot Block's Mission

Though his qualifications to invent, develop, and lead this effort are remarkable, this is truly a passion project that is steeped in lived experience and borne out of a desire to make a difference.

As Chris worked more and more with the development of defense and firearm-related technology and witnessed news of violent crimes almost daily, he realized he had to do something. He felt that someone needed to step forward to protect all people impacted by both mass and (the much less reported) isolated gun violence. He recognized the BDS solution could protect innocent lives at any location, big or small, public or private. Specifically, the BDS can be installed in or at: schools, houses of worship, public transportation, government buildings, outdoor gatherings, hotels, movie theaters, grocery and convenience stores, homes and any other location needing physical protection.

Chris’ motivation to save lives drove him to invent ShotBlock to detect, prevent, and protect people from gun violence before it happens. Learn more about ShotBlock and how it works