Please Contact the Members of the Committee Today!
House Bill 7834, the "microstamping" proposal 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) has been referred to the House Finance Committee after being pulled from the agenda of the House Judiciary Committee. Sensing a possible lack of support in the Judiciary Committee, typically the panel with expertise on firearms-related legislation, the bill's sponsors had it referred to another committee where H7834 could get a hearing and be voted on at any time.
Its companion bill, Senate Bill 2720, introduced by State Senators Harold Metts (D-6), Juan Pichardo (D-2) and Paul Jabour (D-5), is being held up for further study in the Senate Committee on Judiciary.
H7834 and S2720 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.
Please contact the members of the House Finance Committee as well as the members of the Senate Committee on Judiciary IMMEDIATELY and respectfully urge them to oppose H7834 and S2720 respectively!
Contact information for the House Finance Committee and the State Senate Committee on Judiciary can be found below.
House Finance Committee
State Representative Steven M. Costantino (D-8) – Chairperson
State Representative Kenneth Carter (D-31) – Vice Chair
State Representative William San Bento Jr. (D-58) – Secretary
State Representative Joseph S. Almeida (D-12)
State Representative Raymond C. Church (D-48)
State Representative Elizabeth M. Dennigan (D-62)
State Representative J. Russell Jackson (D-73)
State Representative Robert B. Jacquard (D-17)
State Representative Peter L. Lewiss (D-37)
State Representative Victor G. Moffitt (R-28)
State Representative Carol A. Mumford (R-41)
State Representative Eileen S. Naughton (D-21)
State Representative Henry C. Rose (D-63)
State Representative John A. Savage (R-65)
State Representative John P. Shanley Jr. (D-35)
State Representative Thomas C. Slater (D-10)
State Senate Committee on Judiciary:
State Senator Michael J. McCaffrey (D-29), Chairperson
State Senator Charles J. Levesque (D-11), Vice Chairperson
State Senator Leonidas P. Raptakis (D-33), Secretary
State Senator Leo R. Blais (R-21)
State Senator Daniel P. Connors (D-19)
State Senator Paul V. Jabour (D-5)
State Senator Christopher B. Maselli (D-25)
State Senator John F. McBurney, III (D-15)
State Senator Harold M. Metts (D-6)
State Senator Rhoda E. Perry (D-3)
State Senator John C. Revens, Jr. (31-D)