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Passing Bill for Fifth Time Requiring Microstamping of Handguns

Bill would aide in investigating and convicting more criminals for gun-related offenses.

Together with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Codes Committee Chair Joseph Lentol, we announced on June 20 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 fired.

“Microstamping is a technological advancement that will not only help law enforcement officials investigate gun-related crimes, but will also act as a prevention tool to combat gun trafficking and reduce gun violence across New York,” said Silver. “Gun violence has caused great harm to many in our communities. This legislation would help law enforcement to bring the perpetrators of these violent crimes to justice and offer some measure of closure to the victims of these heinous acts. I commend Assemblywoman Schimel for championing this effort and all my colleagues for supporting this important public safety measure.”

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. This technology allows law enforcement to , even if the gun is never found. This crime-fighting tool will provide law enforcement with rapid leads at crime scenes and will provide evidence to help investigate, arrest, and convict more criminals of gun-related offenses. 

This is the fifth year that I have sponsored and debated microstamping legislation, which has passed our house each year. In this session, the Assembly , but regretfully, it was not included in the final state budget. As we wait for , brave law enforcement officers are being struck down by gun fire and innocent victims continue to be wantonly murdered. We can’t catch their killers because they fire anonymous bullets. I urge the state Senate to put the public’s safety above the and pass this important crime-fighting measure.

Silver and I have noted that this bill will not place any restrictions on lawful gun ownership or impair access to the lawful purchase of weapons. The certification process called for in the bill is entirely industry based. The manufacturers of semiautomatic handguns will incur minimal costs to adopt this technology.

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.

TL671 July 01, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Assemblywoman, Why are you so set on killing the several thousand jobs in the firearms industry in your state? That is the only possible effect your continuing to push this unproven, unreliable, easily defeated, expensive, patented process, with huge potential for abuse by criminals. Remington has already stated, that if microstamping becomes law they will pack up there operation and leave NY, taking their 1000+ jobs with them. If you think the other firearms manufacturers in your state will not follow suit, you are severally mistaken. As to the potential for abuse I mentioned, what is to stop the criminal element from hanging out at gun ranges and picking up the fired, microstamped brass of the law abiding citizens who are shooting there, and spreading them around there particular crime scenes? While their own firearms having either come from a state that does not require this job killing nonsense, or being a revolver that does not eject cases, or most likely having been defaced by something as simple as a file to no longer imprint on the primer of the case. your complete lack of knowledge and common sense(did you not learn from cobis?) will surely cost your state jobs, if not your political career, not that the latter is a bad thing, we need to rid our entire political system of those of you who continue to restrict our freedoms.
Charmaine Klaus July 02, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Just like gun registration and COBIS, the microstamped shell casingl may lead them to the owner of semi-automatic but in no way will lead them to the criminal. The micro-stamped shell may not have even been fired at the crime scene. Police still must match the gun and the bullet.
JQPublic July 02, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Not sure what these people don't understand about SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. . . . . . But putting that part of the constitution aside for the moment (Lord knows they put much more of the constitution aside daily) microstamping accomplishes the samething COBIS did. . . . NOTHING. Not a single crime was prosecuted under COBIS and it cost the tax payers MILLIONS each year. I say we start looking into how much the company who holds the patents is contributing to the campaigns (or personal wallets) of those pushing the garbage.
BHirsh July 02, 2012 at 02:54 PM
People aren't stupid enough to fixate on semautomatic pistols on your command, assemblywoman. The technology, which does not work reliably and can be defeated in five minutes with a file, is totally inapplicable to revolvers. They do not automatically eject shell cases, which leave the scene with the criminals. One word suffices to describe your mindset: V-A-P-I-D. It's way past time for you to retire. Go bake some cookies or something.
Bambi July 02, 2012 at 07:57 PM
This is about as dumb as it comes. For starters, revolvers won't be affected. Next, the technology is easily defeated, if not with a small file, then by changing out the barrel. Third, there are almost 300 million firearms already in circulation that don't have this "feature". The only criminals you'll catch with this boondoggle are the same ones you've caught with ballistic fingerprinting. You know, that multi-million dollar piece of steaming crap that hasn't caught a single criminal in more than a decade? If this is your best idea, or even one of your top-1000 most important ideas, then you're not smart enough to be a moron. Imbecile.

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