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Anti-Gunners in the New York Assembly Show Persistence with Yesterday’s Passage of Microstamping

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Yesterday the New York Assembly passed by a 85 to 60 vote Assembly Bill 1157B, microstamping legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Michelle Schimel (D-16).  The Assembly has passed this ill-conceived legislation during each of the last five legislative sessions, despite evidence that this bill does nothing to prevent or solve violent crime.  Microstamping is easily circumvented and relies on the false premise that crimes are committed with legally-registered firearms. 

This session, New York finally eliminated its costly and ineffective CoBis system – the state ballistic imaging database.  That expensive program tapped taxpayers $4 million annually for roughly a decade without solving a single crime.  Yesterday, the anti-gun majority in the New York Assembly demonstrated that they learned nothing from that failed experiment.  No other state has imposed microstamping, and yet, anti-gun lawmakers in Albany are determined to foist this bad bill onto New Yorkers despite numerous warnings that it would have damaging consequences for law-abiding gun owners.

Fortunately, the New York Senate has resisted even considering this legislation in recent years.  The NRA continues to reinforce our position with the New York Senate that microstamping is a bad proposal on multiple levels.  The technology simply isn’t proven, and it would increase the cost of firearms and ammunition.  Equally disturbing, A.1157B would force several large manufacturers out of the state, hurting the local economy by eliminating jobs.

As the New York Legislature nears the end of its 2012 session, please contact your state Senator and respectfully ask him or her to resist any last minute effort to pass microstamping (A.1157B and S.675C).  Contact information for your state Senator can be found here.

Please continue to follow NRA-ILA alerts as we work to defeat this job-killing, anti-Second Amendment legislation.

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