I have this idea of a mining colony on an isolated planet. It's a dome like structure in a middle of an desert surrounded by a force field and some physical walls. The complex is lead by an overseer who's project the whole thing is. He lives in a tower in the middle of the dome literally over seeing his few hundred subject working in the mines and living their everyday lives.
Now, the problem is that the planet around the colony is quite hostile to human live and holds many dangerous creatures (the main reason this planet has been so isolated for so long). The overseer only has a couple of guys as his bodyguards who are not exactly an army and sometimes a critter or two may get past the dome's automatic defenses: so the settlers need to able to defend themselves.
Majority of settlers are working in the mines and factories that harvest and refine the rare minerals found beneath the planets soil. They are all volunteers who are paid very fairly so they have no real reason to hold ill will towards their master. But he is still worried about the possibility of an uprising.
Therefore he has been thinking about some kind of system that would allow him giving the settlers guns, but making sure that the weapons would not be used against the overseer. Or against the other settlers, for that matter.
The following things should be considered:
- The most effective weapons would be small, plasma based ray guns
- The settlers must only have an access to the guns during enemy attacks
- The weapons must be immediately accessible when the alarm rings
- After the attack the weapons must be inactivated/relinquished immediately
- There should be multiple spots for the settler to get the guns
- The system must be automated
Would some kind of weapon dispenser be a solution and if so, how to get all the weapons back? Just letting the settlers keep and study some inactivated guns surely would lead to them figuring out how to make them function again.
And still, there is the matter of what if the settlers decide to start a coup during an attack when they have all the weapons they can get? Would there be any solution for that.
Help the overseer out, he's a nice guy.