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New York: Micro-Stamping Sponsor, State Senator Eric Schneiderman, Seeks “Do-Over”

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Please Continue to Make Your Voices Heard!

Law-abiding gun owners, fed-up taxpayers and concerned business owners spoke out loud and clear when they urged their State Senators to reject S 6005, a bill that would outlaw semi-automatic handguns not equipped with so-called "micro-stamping technology."

Micro-stamping would require semi-automatic handguns to mechanically stamp certain information about the firearm (such as the make, model and serial number) onto the cartridge case when the gun is discharged. This bill does not exempt models currently available, making all of these guns illegal for sale in New York unless they are redesigned by their manufacturers, which would vastly increase the cost of these firearms.

Micro-stamping is an unproven technology that is easily defeated with common household tools and the replacement of a few small parts.  If passed, the availability of semi-automatic handguns in New York will be in serious doubt, as manufacturers simply may choose not to build or sell firearms for purchase in the state. Of course, that is the ultimate goal of this legislation.  Make no mistake, this is a gun ban.

S 6005 was brought to the floor on Tuesday and supporters of micro-stamping failed to garner the 32 votes necessary to pass the bill, coming up two short.  As they came to the end of the roll call, leaders asked for the bill to be "laid aside," and then later expunged the bi-partisan vote from the record as though it had never taken place. 

In what can only be viewed as an unethical, childish maneuver, State Senator Eric Schneiderman (D-31) and proponents of S 6005 are working to switch some votes and bring the bill back to the Floor for another chance at final passage.

Constituents should be outraged if another vote is allowed to take place, as this means that making your voice heard means nothing to the leadership in charge of the State Senate in Albany!

Every New York NRA member needs to contact Senator Schneiderman, who in addition to being the sponsor of S 6005, is a candidate for Attorney General of the State of New York.  Please politely let him know that if he and his leadership allow a "do-over" on the micro-stamping vote that he should not be trusted as the state's top advocate for your rights.

State Senator Eric Schneiderman can be reached at 518-455-2041 and schneide@senate.state.ny.us. 

Also be sure to contact your State Senator immediately at 518-455-2800 to urge them to continue to oppose S 6005!  To identify your State Senator, please click here or here.

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