Microstamping Dies in New York, Again

Microstamping Dies in New York, Again – Despite being backed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and gun-control groups like the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, New York state’s microstamping bill failed to pass the full legislature for the fifth consecutive year. The state’s general assembly, which is dominated by downstate, anti-gun urban legislators, did approve the bill on Tuesday by an 85-60 vote. While passage very late in the general assembly legislative session is not surprising, what is noteworthy is the fact that support in the chamber for the bill continues to erode, as there were five more votes against the bill than last... read more

The push for micro-stamping is really a push for national gun registration

The push for micro-stamping is really a push for national gun registration – Like a storm that returns stronger each time, efforts to push micro-stamping regulations onto gun-owning Americas are here again. And this time around, The New York Times is pushing it, Time magazine is pushing it and other outlets of the same political persuasion are doing their level best to show us how micro-stamping the firing pins in our firearms could reduce crime by miraculous levels overnight.  Of course, they don’t mention the gun registration, the new powers of gun taxation or the all-out gun bans associated with the scheme. Nor are they bothered with another major sticking point — micro-stamping doesn’t really... read more

Calhoun Delivers a Parting Shot in Defense of Gun Owners and Business

Calhoun Delivers a Parting Shot in Defense of Gun Owners and Business – Assemblywoman Nancy Calhoun (R,C,I-Blooming Grove) voted Tuesday against passage of Assembly Bill 1157-B, which would mandate the practice commonly known as “microstamping” on handgun manufacturers in the state. This legislation would force this costly technology on gun manufacturers and make New York the only state to mandate the technology. “Microstamping is a technology in which a tiny imprint is etched onto the firing pin of a semi-automatic pistol. Theoretically, law enforcement could then trace the gun back to the owner,” said Calhoun. “In the vast majority of crimes committed with handguns, the guns are obtained illegally and are, therefore,... read more

A.1157-B “a backdoor infringement on 2nd Amendment” says Long Island Assemblyman

A.1157-B “a backdoor infringement on 2nd Amendment” says Long Island Assemblyman – New York State Assemblyman Dan Losquadro (R,C-Shoreham) expressed disappointment today at the passage of A.1157-B, which requires microstamping of semi-automatic pistols sold in the state of New York. Losquadro noted the legislation is near impossible to implement and will cost the state jobs, as firearm manufacturers will move operations to other states, and is ineffective at preventing firearm-related... read more

Long Island Lawmakers Disagree on Crime Gun Bill

Long Island Lawmakers Disagree on Crime Gun Bill – Two Long Island State Assemblymembers are at opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to the recent passing of A. 1157-B, the Crime Gun Identification Act of 2012. New York State Assemblyman Dan Losquadro (R,C-Shoreham) expressed disappointment today at the passage of A.1157-B, which requires microstamping of semi-automatic pistols sold in the state of New York. Losquadro noted the legislation is near impossible to implement and will cost the state jobs, as firearm manufacturers will move operations to other states, and is ineffective at preventing firearm-related crimes; in short, a backdoor infringement of the 2nd... read more

Hawley votes against microstamping of ammunition

Hawley votes against microstamping of ammunition – Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,I,C-Batavia) recently voted against an unproven, illogical mandate on firearms producers known as microstamping. The proposal would force manufacturers to develop technology leaving unique imprints on rounds of ammunition, a costly process that would force producers to take their jobs out of state even though the procedure has not been proven to benefit public... read more

Assembly Passes Bill to Require Microstamping of Semiautomatic Handguns

Assembly Passes Bill to Require Microstamping of Semiautomatic Handguns – Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, and Codes Committee Chair Joseph Lentol today announced passage of the Crime Gun Identification Act of 2012 that would require all new semiautomatic handguns sold in New York State, by 2014, to be microstamped with a unique code which is transferred to shell casings when the gun is... read more

What Should I Know About Guns and Microstamping?

What Should I Know About Guns and Microstamping? – Just this month, the professional journal of the Association of Firearms and Toolmark Examiners, the AFTE Journal, featured a peer-reviewed study whose authors included the microstamping technology patent holder Todd Lizotte.  Among the study’s conclusions was that microstamping was “not a perfect... read more
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