Including Microstamping in Assembly Budget

Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel writes about giving police tool to solve violent crimes.

Together with Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh I hailed the passed on March 12.  Microstamping would replace the existing, less effective Combined Ballistic Identification System (CoBIS), which the Governor has proposed to eliminate in his Executive Budget.

Microstamping allows law enforcement to trace firearms through shell casings found at crime scenes, even if the crime gun is never found. In passing microstamping, the Assembly heeded the call of gun violence victims and their families, anti-crime advocates, and law enforcement who have called for microstamping to be enacted in the budget due to be completed by the end of the month.

Microstamping is about public safety and placing criminals behind bars. This technology will save taxpayers’ dollars by enabling law enforcement to solve gun crimes quicker. At a time when government has to save money and be more efficient, microstamping will help reduce the number of man-hours needed to solve gun crimes. I praise my Assembly colleagues for realizing the urgent need for microstamping in New York State, and I strongly urge the State Senate and Governor to join us and include it in the final budget.

Last month, family members of gun violence victims, advocates, law enforcement officials and members of the Assembly and Senate, in their budget proposal. 

Hundreds of gun-related crimes go unsolved each year in New York State because the crime gun is never recovered and police are unable to connect the shell casings left at the scene of a shooting to the criminal who pulled the trigger.  Microstamping ensures that when a gun is fired, information identifying the make, model and serial number of the gun is stamped onto the cartridge as numbers and letters.

Over 100 mayors and 80 law enforcement organizations and police departments from across the state have endorsed microstamping.

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.

BHirsh March 19, 2012 at 02:56 PM
You have one problem, assembly critter - IT DOESN'T WORK. Not only is it unreliable at best, it can be defeated with practically no effort. Please get your liberal head out of your butt, and start thinking like a sane adult.
Mr. Bur March 19, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Dear AssemblyWoman Schimel- I am a veteran and small business entrepreneur residing in NYC. Taxes and politicians such as yourself have forced me to relocate my family and small business to South Carolina beginning April 1st of this year. I fought for and risked my life for this country's constitution only to have someone such as yourself trample all over it in pursuit of a liberal ideology for all. Sorry ma'am that's not how this works. You ENFORCE the constitution. You don't go about changing things we have had since the dawn of this country's time. It's time we pursue personal accountabilty and stop legislating our society to the lowest level. It is insulting to those of us who play by the rules, work hard and pay our taxes that someone else's behavior shall infringe on our society as a whole. Quit pandering to the chicken little gun phobes and use your head. The actions you are taking against our second amendment rights are disgusting to me and many other vets who have fought and sacrificed so much for this nation.
NYB March 19, 2012 at 04:47 PM
We're all well aware of the campaign contributions made by the microstamping patent holder. It's ineffective, and even if it were effective, all you'll be able to do is to trace the casing back to the guy the gun was likely stolen from. Criminals don't register their guns.
Less Government March 19, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Once again NY Liberals are going to legislate sound bites into law instead of spending 15 minutes to understand that what they are doing is completely ineffective and contrary to all supported data. Not only does something like micro-stamping (which failed in California because the technology was too easy to defeat and not found to be realistically useful) create ZERO benefit to society, people like Assembly Woman Schimel have kept racist Jim Crow laws that disallow respected law abiding member of the public from carrying which has been shown time and time again in every state that has gone to what is known as "shall-issue" to reduce crime. If Ms. Schimel and the rest of her voting block truly wished NY to be safer, they would simply remove the "good cause" (or politcally affiliated or rich, because they seem to be the same as "good cause") portion for carry permits and let the people defend themselves.
Nandor March 20, 2012 at 02:19 PM
I'm a competitive shooter, like many on Long Island. In a typical competition, thousands of rounds are expended, with the brass going all over the place. With this type of technology in place, hundreds of of shooters would have to meticulously pick up every piece of brass they shot just to make sure that their serial number isn't tossed at a crime scene or some such. Every trip to the range for every shooter will now involve very careful and paranoid cleanup of all one's brass so someone won't get a hold of it. 99.999% of all shots fired are for recreation. Let's punish everyone for what the tiniest percentage of us abuse.


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