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Micro-Stamping on the Move in New York!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Micro-stamping legislation, Assembly Bill 6468C, sponsored by State Assemblywomen Michelle Schimel (D-16), advanced to its 3rd reading in the New York State Assembly.  The Senate version of the bill is Senate Bill 6005, sponsored by State Senator Eric Schneiderman (D-31).  Both A6468C and S6005 require that semiautomatic pistols manufactured or delivered to any licensed dealer in the state of New York be capable of micro-stamping ammunition and establish fines for violations of this requirement.

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 passed, the availability of semi-automatic handguns in New York could be in jeopardy, as manufacturers simply may choose not to build or sell firearms for purchase in the state, which, of course is the goal of this legislation.

This activity comes just days after the anti-gunners in New York held their annual anti-gun lobby day in Albany.  This also means that lawmakers could be gearing up to pass their whole anti-gun agenda.  It is imperative that you contact your lawmakers and ask their position on A6468C and S6005 and request that they oppose the laundry list of anti-gun bills currently pending in the Assembly.

State Assembly Members can be reached by phone at (518) 455-4100.  To find your Assembly Member, please click here

Your State Senator can be contacted through the Senate switchboard at (518) 455-2800.  To find your State Senator, please click here

Also, please e-mail NRA-ILA’s State & Local Affairs Division at state&local@nrahq.org and let us know what response you are getting from your lawmakers concerning A6468C and S6005.

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