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.