Naturally, there's "good" reason given for doing this. In a word: "safety."
It seems to be the standard excuse for giving up all kinds of freedom to government control these days.
The question most will ask is "Can it be be enshrined in legislation?". In a word, yes.
In 2008, it became mandatory for all American cars to be fitted with CAN (Controller Area Network), a standard protocol for enabling all the car's electronics to talk to each other, so there's one part of the puzzle in place.
OK, so what does this have to do with guns?