Gun Lobby Stands in Way of Crime Prevention Measure in State Budget

Assemblywoman Schimel writes on repeal of microstamping from state budget.

The powerful gun lobby’s influence has once again prevented common sense legislation that would provide law enforcement with a tool to catch criminals. The New York State Assembly in response to the Governor repealing CoBIS in his executive budget. The gun lobby has prevailed to keep microstamping out of the final budget.

Case after case remain unsolved even though there is a preponderance of evidence such as shell casings left behind at the scene of neighborhood killings. These unsolved cases demand a solution that is not unlike the metal stamping used on automobiles, vehicle Identification numbers (VIN). The terrorist who left a Nissan Pathfinder in Times Square in 2010 was identified through the car’s VIN number. The break in the case occurred when a NYPD Detective went under the vehicle and obtained the hidden metal stamped VIN number, which identified the owner of record, who in turn, sold it to the suspect.

Like the VIN number on a car, the sole purpose of microstamping is to provide police with a that is used in a crime. The gun lobby’s rallying cry is that microstamping is another piece of legislation that takes away rights from law abiding gun owners. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

In a letter to , Remington, a large gun manufacturer in Illinois, went so far as to threaten to leave the New York market if the state implemented microstamping. This is tantamount to extortion.

Violent gun crime continues to spike. Law Enforcement deaths are on the rise. It is a sad day for New York when the gun lobby can trump public safety once again.

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.

Patrick April 09, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Security for some at the expense of torture for others? I never heard of 'freedom' being defined with statistics.
Cypher April 10, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Now you're just babbling. But that's ok. All you folks do that when confronted with logic. "Torture"? Where? Unless you mean what you do to thinking folks with your "brilliance".
Patrick April 10, 2012 at 10:17 AM
Dear NRA, Congratulations on a job well done! Crime is down! Only 7 NYPD cops shot so far in 2012. Please send many more guns so we can make our city even safer-look how well it's working in Sanford, FL. Fully automatic weapons with high-capacity magazines would be best, but semi-automatic would be acceptable. Laser scopes would also be appreciated, but are not necessary since most of the shooting is done at close range. Also, please send more bibles; we really love that stuff about Jesus' divine inspiration. Regards, Freedom
TL671 April 11, 2012 at 02:21 AM
You must be mistaken. NYC is the anti-gun/anti-freedom utopia you want every city to be. Only cops, rich and famous people are allowed to carry firearms. So, is it cops shooting each other? Or are the rich and famous shooting the cops? It must be one of the two since average citizens are not allowed to carry weapons.
John Q Smith July 01, 2012 at 02:45 PM
THANK GOD I AM A DUES PAYING NRA MEMBER FOR LIFE!! If you wouldn't have taken away morals and whats right and wrong and coddle REPEAT REPEAT REPEAT criminals we wouldn't have a violence problem. Start blaming the PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY COMMIT THE CRIMES AND QUIT BLAMING THE TOOLS. Oh wait they're mostly liberal, I forgot you dont want to punish them. My bad


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