New York Microstamping Bill


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mrreynolds
April 14, 2008, 02:42 PM
A state lawmaker is poised to introduce a bill that would require all new pistols sold in New York to be equipped with microstamping technology, a means of tracing pistols the firearms industry opposes. The bill will likely be introduced this week by state Senator Martin Golden, who has been working closely with city officials over the past several weeks to iron out the language of the legislation, an aide to the Brooklyn Republican said. Mayor Bloomberg, a proponent of microstamping, said in his State of the City address in January that he would push for mandating the technology.

The bill, if passed, would provide stiff penalties to any gun retailer caught selling a new pistol without microstamping, in which a laser is used to create marks on the inside of a pistol. The marks transfer unique etchings onto discharged ammunition that law enforcement can use to trace the firearm.

Opponents of microstamping have raised concerns about the technology, pointing to studies that have found it unreliable.

"We're not opposed to this technology because it aids law enforcement. We're opposed to it because independent research has shown the technology is easily defeated," a senior vice president at the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Lawrence Keane, said. "It would be a very different story if the technology was found reliable."

Earlier this month, the National Research Council released its findings from a study of microstamping sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice's National Institute of Justice. More in-depth examination is needed to test the durability of microstamped marks under various firing conditions and their susceptibility to tampering, the study found.

The cost to gun manufacturers, which Mr. Keane said could run to $200 a pistol, also needs to be better analyzed, the study found.

Despite questions surrounding the reliability of the technology, California has already passed a bill that mandates microstamping implementation in all new semiautomatic pistols sold in the state by 2010.

Senator Kennedy, a Democrat of Massachusetts, has introduced similar legislation at the federal level.

"It is a common sense measure that, when implemented, will speed up the time it takes to solve crimes. We are working with Senator Golden on this measure, and we hope that once a bill is introduced, that it is quickly passed and signed into law," Mr. Bloomberg's criminal justice coordinator, John Feinblatt, said.

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Henry Bowman
April 14, 2008, 06:07 PM
It is a common sense measure that, when implemented, will speed up the time it takes to solve crimes......because I say so. :rolleyes:

Draven32
April 16, 2008, 11:26 AM
He's not working with city officials to write the legislation. He's working with the company that owns the patent on the stuff. Check next year's financial statement, I can practically guarantee a donation from the patent holder that is as close to the legal limit they dare get.

bg
April 16, 2008, 05:45 PM
He's taking it based on Ca's moronic bill which the "Gov" signed into
law last year and goes into effect soon. It's an anti gun back door
protocol/mission designed NOT to outlaw private ownership of firearms,
but aims at placing almost everything that makes them function, so
restrictive as to make firearms little more than objects taking up space
on a wall as some faintly remembered adornment...:rolleyes:

sublimaze41
April 18, 2008, 04:48 PM
Ahhhhh,
New York.......The Empire State.

Big on ideas, little on logical thought processes.

I suspect more of these laws are going to TRY and work through the system as time goes on. I fear that at some point critical mass will come. Those wanting more restrictive laws will outweigh those who are pro RKBA.

Anybody who enjoys shooting in New York and doesn't belong to the NRA is either naive or foolish. Who is going to limit these proposals if the tides of power change to the more liberal wing of the legislature? I guess if you only shoot "hunting guns" you have little to worry about. Use of my guns for purely hunting reasons is probably 30% so I guess it could only impact 70% of my shooting:scrutiny:

I lived in Maryland for many years. Half way through my stay there the State mandated case fingerprinting. If memory serves me correctly after 7 years of the program not one crime was solved using this technology. All those millions of dollars wasted. Imagine if 20% of that was used for gun safety education and the rest for increased law enforcement.

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