A Meeting Over Microstamping

Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel meets Chicago top cop Jody Weis to discuss microstamping.

I recently met with Jody Weis, Deputy Director of the Chicago Crime Commission. Our discussion centered on reducing illegal guns in their respective states of New York and Illinois.

Mr. Weis is the former Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department. He spent 23 years in the Federal Bureau of Investigation where he investigated terrorism, narcotics, and violent crime matters. In addition, Mr. Weis also served on the Houston SWAT team and was a bomb technician.

As the sponsor of a microstamping bill in the New York State Assembly, I met with Mr. Weis after learning of his interest in microstamping technology from a national news show where he spoke about his plan to push for microstamping legislation in Illinois.

This technology enables shell cartridges in semi-automatic handguns to be microstamped with an alpha-numeric code that allows law enforcement to trace the shell casing back to the first purchaser of the gun without having to recover the firearm.

The meeting was very productive. Both of us agreed that I should reach out to members of the Illinois State Legislature. I hope my bill will soon become law in New York State.

Michelle Schimel is the New York State Assembly representative for the 16th Assembly District. She was first elected in a Special Election held on March 27, 2007.

MTR February 05, 2012 at 03:00 PM
This is a terrible bill, only hurts gun manufacturers in the state of NY, and does absolutely nothing to prevent crime.
Al Scott February 05, 2012 at 05:42 PM
If the gun was stolen and they know who the previous owner was what good does it do ? N Y has the strongest gun cotrol laws in the country and it doesnt work maybe its time to go the other way and legal gun owners the right to carry like so many other states have done I think the bad guys would think twice before robbing some one if they thought that person was armed . From a legally licensed gun owner .
John Carway February 06, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Why not meet with a police official who has experience here in NY? This guy, a triple dipper, probably drawing pensions from all jurisdictions, appears to know nothing about NY laws and crime problems. I often wonder about the motivations of someone with his background. There are plenty of people in NY who are knowledgeable about this. What effect will it have to know that John Doe of 123the Main Street in East Janine Iowa bought some ammunition. Most criminals are not so dumb as to buy a gun and ammo under their own name from their local Walmart and then go stick up a gas station. A better way for Michelle to gather information would be to hold a public hearing and invite people on both sides of an issue to testify. Bout then she couldn't get a free trip to Chicago


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