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New York: Micro-Stamping Bill To Be Heard In Senate Codes Committee Tomorrow!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Contact Your State Senator Immediately!

Senate Bill 4397, sponsored by State Senator Eric Schneiderman (D-31), is a bill that would ban the sale of all semi-automatic handguns not equipped with micro-stamping technology.

Micro-stamping is an unproven technology that would require unique identifying information from the firearm, including the make, model, and serial number to be etched into the firing pin and breech face in such a manner that those identifiers are imprinted on the cartridge case upon firing.  The technology can easily be defeated with common household tools, has no public safety value, and adds substantially to the cost of the firearm.

If S4397 is passed, it will become ILLEGAL to sell or transfer any semi-automatic pistol that is not capable of micro-stamping.  This would mean that any semi-automatic handgun that you currently own could never be sold or transferred in New York.  This would ban the sale of used semi-automatic handguns without the technology and would prohibit estates from bequeathing semi-automatic handguns that do not include micro-stamping technology.

No manufacturers currently incorporate micro-stamping technology in their firearms, which would result in a de facto ban on all semi-automatic handguns in New York if this legislation passes.

It’s companion bill, Assembly Bill 6468, sponsored by State Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel (D-16), has already passed the Assembly Floor.

S4397 has been added to the Senate Codes Committee agenda for tomorrow, Tuesday June 2 at 10:30 A.M.

It is critical that you contact members your State Senator TODAY and respectfully urge them to OPPOSE this measure!  Your State Senator can be contacted through the Senate switchboard at (518) 455-2800.  To find your State Senator, please click here.

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