This has been getting almost no coverage thanks to the oil spill. A gun microstamping bill was shot down in New York:
Albany, NY –-(Ammoland.com)- In voting against S6005 yesterday, many lawmakers in the New York State Senate exercised common sense and acted according to the will of their constituents.
S6005 would require all semi-automatic handguns delivered to any licensed firearms dealer in New York 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 and it must be stopped.
Not to be outdone, Democrats in NY are doubling down on stupid:
Manhattan State Sen. (and state AG hopeful) Eric Schneiderman, who saw his hopes for the passage of a bill that would require the gun industry to institute microstamping crumble this week, says he’s launching a grassroots campaign to get the issue back on the table:
“Microstamping ensures that when a gun is fired, information identifying the make, model and serial number of the gun is stamped onto the shell casing. This technology allows law enforcement officials to trace firearms through shell casings found at crime scenes, even if the crime gun is never found,” said Schneiderman, one of the sponsors of the bill — which is strongly backed by Mayor Bloomberg.
“Republicans can run, but they can’t hide. Starting today, advocates are taking this fight to their districts – leafleting and holding press events in the coming days to urge them to stop blocking this commonsense legislation. It’s time to put politics aside and put public safety first. It’s time to pass microstamping in New York State.”