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Microstamping Dies in New York, Again

Despite being backed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and gun-control groups like the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, New York state’s microstamping bill failed to pass the full legislature for the fifth consecutive year. The state’s general assembly, which is dominated by downstate, anti-gun urban legislators, did approve the bill on Tuesday by an 85-60 vote. While passage very late in the general assembly legislative session is not surprising, what is noteworthy is the fact that support in the chamber for the bill continues to erode, as there were five more votes against the bill than last year. As Emily Miller of The Washington Times notes in her column on the politics behind microstamping, the state senate did not take up the bill on its final day of the legislative session, putting an end to a sneaky backdoor attempt to ban handguns in the Empire State.

The concept of microstamping involves the costly process of micro laser-engraving a unique code on the firing pin of a gun so that when the gun is fired the code is transferred to primer of the cartridge casing. Theoretically, this would allow law enforcement to trace the firearm used in a crime by reading the code on a spent cartridge casing recovered at a crime scene. Several independent, peer-reviewed studies, however, including one by the National Academy of Sciences, have concluded that microstamping is flawed and unreliable, can be easily circumvented in mere seconds by filing down the code using common household items and is even compromised by the wear caused by normal use of the firearm.

Earlier in the week, a Baltimore Sun editorial unwisely suggested that Maryland follow New York’s lead in attempting to adopt microstamping, a suggestion which drew a published response from Jeff Reh, general counsel and vice-general manager at Maryland-based Beretta USA, who noted in his letter that implementing microstamping would be cost prohibitive to both manufacturers and to gun buyers. “The cost of $12 per gun comes from advocates of the technology. Firearm manufacturers estimate the cost at around $200 per gun,” he wrote.

Two firearms companies with manufacturing facilities in New York—Remington and Kimber—have said they would review their commitment to the state if microstamping were passed. Also, if the bill was approved,New York state gun owners would not be able to purchase firearms that were not microstamped, which is why NSSF and others refer to this devious legislation as a gun-ban effort.

Finally, during a debate on microstamping on MSNBC, Brady Center President Dan Gross hurled this insult at firearms manufacturers, saying, “This is an industry that at all costs wants to protect its profits, and it does it at the cost of human lives.” Go to the 5:00 mark in the video to hear it. His comment sounds more like a 1960’s cliché than a serious argument. The question we would have for Mr. Gross is why doesn’t the Brady Center join the NSSF, the Fraternal Order of Police, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners in supporting a federally-funded study of microstamping?

Members of our industry who make and sell products that people around the world own in order to protect their lives should be aware of this highly offensive remark from the leader of this anti-gun group.

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13 Responses to “Microstamping Dies in New York, Again”

  1. Guest

    I’m glad there is at least a little common sense still left in Albany,  lets regroup and prepare for the 2013 legislative session where they will try again for the 6th year.

  2. Parashooter

     I’m glad to hear it died AGAIN now if those weasels would just stop wasting our tax dollars and time on it every year… and put their efforts into something more useful.

  3. Panzerkeil

    That’s the thing about dangerous control freaks.  They only have to be successful once and your gun rights are forever infringed.  Makes you wonder if they have ever read the constitution.  And I say this as a Canadian.

  4. Full Metal Jacket

    Full Metal Jacket

    Great news

    +1 on needing to focus on more useful things

  5. Nordon

    They’ll keep trying to pass this nonsense, the antis are like a mutating influeza virus.

  6. donholmes1

    I love it. as long as Quomo and Bloomberg and even pelosi keep there lips flapping ,we are constantly reminded how insane some of our leaders are. Keep up the good work ,all of you mentioned and Pres. Obama are the best gun salesmen and women this country has ever had. . Us gun owners and Manufacturers just love you to pieces.

  7. ken

    we have term limits, it’s called voting

  8. 3006al

    When is NYC going to wake up and get rid of that gun-hating, pompous mayor?  Maybe when he banns all sizes of soft drinks they’ll wake up, but not likely as there are too many politically ignorant people in the city.  Many  can’t tell you who the VP is.  Good this bill was defeated – good for the many up-state conservatives!

  9. GarandFan

    You won’t hear a word about “Fast and Furious” from Brady Center President Dan Gross.


  10. AD_Rtr_OS

    Dan Gross only does what he does, and says what he says, to ensure his place at the funding teat from Foundations and other sources that allow him to live in his little fantasy world.  The rest of us are trying to survive in a sometimes hostile environment where we know that the only defense we can count on resides within ourselves.

  11. GreatfulExNYer

    what a buncha BS! fricking politicians with armed security telling the people how to access/use and distribute guns. frickin nonesense, buncha @holes if you ask me!

  12. JoshR

    It only takes one liberal to screw things up for years.   Former Virginia governor Douglas Wilder got a bill passed nineteen years ago limiting Virginians to one handgun purchase per month.  The Virginia Legislature wisely nixed this travesty of a law effective 1 July of this year.  But for 19 years, this burden and impediment to the Second Amendment stood doing nothing but complicating things for the VA State Police, firearms dealers and purchasers.  The Brady Center fought this issue all the way to the wire.  Quite frankly, we the people are tired of Sarah Brady and her ilk telling us how to run our lives.  I am glad to see some guts in the NY Senate.  Passage of the micro-stamping would have disenfranchised NY citizens from being able to manufacture and buy handguns. 

  13. Paul Jones

    Mayor Bloomberg wants to remake New York State in his image.
    With the state and NYC confronted by many real and substantive issues he
    proposes unworkable and expensive gun control, a ban on large soft drinks, and
    regulations that would force women to breast feed. There should be no further extension
    of the term limits for the office of NYC Mayor.. For more reasons that can be
    counted mircostamping legislation in any form should not be enacted.