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broham
February 22, 2009, 04:05 PM
February 22, 2009





Bill Filed To Ban Microstamping Of Guns
posted February 20, 2009

Sen. Doug Jackson, D-Dickson, has filed legislation that would ban the sale of “microstamped” firearms and ammunition, calling them an infringement on the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

California has passed a law mandating microstamping of firearms, “and I predict that Tennessee will pass a law banning it,” Sen. Jackson said.

Called the “Second Amendment Protection Act,” the bill would outlaw sale of firearms and ammunition that are laser-engraved, or microstamped, to identify the buyer of the firearm or ammunition after it has been shot.

“This process does little to track criminals, but it does a lot to eclipse our Second Amendment right to bear arms,” Sen. Jackson said.

Microstamping would lead to the establishment of a registry or database of gun-owners who are guilty of nothing more than owning a gun, the senator noted. “A firearm registry is a preamble to gun confiscation. And the law-abiding American gun owner would have to pay the added costs it would incur.”

He said the legislation "points out that microstamping would do little to fight or solve crime" because:

Most guns used to commit crimes are purchased illegally, many of them stolen, so a microstamp ID would be meaningless.

Microstamping can easily be removed from a firearm with simple tools.

Most guns do not eject shell casings, which is where the microstamp mark is found.

Microstamping wastes money that could be used on proven crime-fighting methods that give results.

“Just last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that each citizen has a constitutional right to bear arms,” Sen. Jackson said. “But we have to be diligent if we are to protect that right.

“Microstamping is meaningless technology that threatens the Second Amendment.”

Sen. Jackson filed the legislation Feb. 12 as Senate Bill No. 1908. If passed, it would amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 13.

Sen. Jackson represents Dickson, Giles, Hickman, Humphreys, Lawrence and Lewis Counties

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gripper
February 22, 2009, 04:41 PM
Sounds like a good guy to me.

indoorsoccerfrea
February 22, 2009, 04:44 PM
good man, good man...

6_gunner
February 22, 2009, 04:47 PM
It's always especially encouraging to hear about a pro-2nd Amendment Democrat.

If they (the Democrats) dropped their disarmament agenda entirely, they might find Republicans to be more receptive.

mordechaianiliewicz
February 22, 2009, 04:53 PM
I hope they do something like this in Missouri

BamaHoosier
February 22, 2009, 04:54 PM
Amen! Best wishes for your endeavours,TN!

Galadren
February 22, 2009, 05:50 PM
Have a link to the original source? I want to post this on another set of boards but they like to have the source articles when we post things like this.

broham
February 22, 2009, 06:24 PM
I first saw this over at Snipers Hide in the S-2 Intel section. It was in the Chatanoogan times. The thread Good news on the 2nd A front.

DCortez
February 22, 2009, 06:28 PM
Let's hope it passes.

gc70
February 22, 2009, 07:47 PM
Tennessee Senate Bill 1908 (http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/106/Amend/SA0001.pdf)

big_bang
February 24, 2009, 11:44 AM
Or they could just stop making more regulatory gun laws altogether and just leave us the heck alone...

I understand the motivation and sentiment behind this bill (really, I do) - but it would ban the sale of a firearm based on a certain feature. Sound familiar? How is that fundamentally good?

Dokkalfar
February 25, 2009, 12:09 AM
yes, the motivation behind the idea is good, but there's not really much he can do, besides ban the microstamping... maybe?

Most guns do not eject shell casings, which is where the microstamp mark is found.... um i dont know about you, but from my experience, most firearms eject the casing

daehawc
February 25, 2009, 06:21 PM
I do see this as good. If more states pass similar laws then the gun makers will have to decide between selling microstamped firearms in CA or non stamped firearms to the rest of the country. This way, the whole country doesnt get sucked into this absurdity because of a couple states.

Tennesseean
February 25, 2009, 08:26 PM
I am a happy man. I really, really, really hope this passes.

Go Vols!

Tennesseean
February 25, 2009, 08:28 PM
Whoops, double tap. Got too excited.

Davionmaximus
February 25, 2009, 08:32 PM
Need to put him on my X-Mas card list...

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