MICROSTAMPING OF FIREARMS PARTS
May 2011 The Assembley has passed the bill and forwarded it to the Senate.
Now is the time to let your Senator know that this bill should be killed.
Firearms, specifically semiautomatic pistols, would be required to be manufactured with an alphanumeric or geometric1 identifier microscopically engraved in two locations such that they would be transferred from the working surfaces of the firearm to the cartridge case upon firing. In the proposal, the characters would be located on the tip of the firing pin and the breech face. The purpose would be to provide an investigative linkage from cartridge cases recovered at the scene of an incident to the point of sale of the firearm.
Historically permanent, unique serial numbers have been used to trace firearms from the manufacturer to the initial, if not current, owner. Serial numbering and manufacturer identifiers have been in use for over 200 years and have been mandatory in the United States since 1968. This does, however, require recovery of the firearm. The proposed legislation is intended to extend this capability to fired cartridge cases ejected at the incident scene.
This legislation is another assault on honest gun owners across the State. This bill, if passed will in effect ban new semi-automatic handguns in New York State. This technology is not available on any make or model in production. Gun manufacturers will no doubt stop selling semi-automatic handguns in New York State. They will have little choice since the technology is single source and unproven.
COBIS, when enacted in 2001, was perceived as a panacea that would be the crime-fighting tool of the 21stcentury. 10 years and an estimated $40,000,000 (cost to New York taxpayers) later it has not been able to take one criminal off the street. It did however raise costs for manufactures and consumers alike while rendering many firearms unavailable to honest citizens. Criminals (who operate outside of the law) were not affected in the slightest. This system bill has the potential to be more damaging to honest citizens and to the State’s economy than COBIS.
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