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Microstamping Legislation to be Considered in Rhode Island!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Please Stand-Up and Make Your Voice Heard!

The Rhode Island House Committee on Judiciary will consider microstamping legislation next week on Thursday, April 24.  House Bill 7834, sponsored by State Representatives Joseph Almeida (D-12), Edith Ajello (D-3), Anastasia Williams (D-9), Grace Diaz (D-11), and Joanne Giannini (D-7) would ban the sale of semi-automatic handguns not equipped with so-called "microstamping" technology.  

Microstamping is an unproven technology that would require identifying marks to be etched into the firing pin and breech face of a firearm in such a manner that these marks are transferred to the cartridge case upon firing.  The technology can easily be defeated with common household tools, has no public safety value, and will add substantially to the cost of the firearm.  This proposed legislation would also make it illegal to alter a firearm equipped with microstamping technology.  It would put law-abiding gun owners in legal jeopardy for simply repairing a firearm or replacing a damaged or broken firing pin.

H7834 will be heard Thursday, April 24 in Room 205 of the State House.  It will be considered at the Rise of the House, whenever business for the day ends, usually between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Please attend the hearing and show your opposition to this ill-conceived legislation.  If you are unable to attend, please contact the members of the House Committee on Judiciary and respectfully urge them to oppose H7834.  Contact information can be found below.

State House Committee on Judiciary

State Representative Donald J. Lally Jr. (D-33) (Chairperson)
(401) 792-9090

State Representative Gregory J. Schadone (D-54) (Co-Vice Chairperson)
(401) 354-8300

State Representative Timothy A. Williamson (D-25) (Co-Vice Chairperson)
(401) 823-9200

State Representative Edith H. Ajello (D-3) (Secretary)
(401) 274-7078

State Representative Jon D. Brien (D-50)
(401) 766-9887

State Representative David A. Caprio (D-34)
(401) 861-6200

State Representative Bruce J. Long (R-74)
(401) 222-2259

State Representative Nicholas A. Mattiello (D-15)
(401) 461-5800

State Representative William J. McManus (R-46)
(401) 727-1658

State Representative J. Patrick O'Neill (D-59)
(401) 475-0265

State Representative Peter G. Palumbo (D-16)
(401) 785-2882

State Representative Amy G. Rice (D-72)
(401) 841-0505

State Representative Joseph H. Scott (D-39)
(401) 782-1200

State Representative Raymond J. Sullivan Jr. (D-29)
(401) 828-9207

State Representative Donna M. Walsh (D-36)
(401) 364-6433

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