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June 15th, 2012
01:09 PM ET

NY bill aims to get gun makers to use microstamping: State assembly members Kolb and Schimel on if the bill will help solve crimes

There is this technology that some people say could take crime fighting from the Stone Age to the Space Age. The New York State Legislature is set to vote on a bill that would require semiautomatic pistol makers to use new technology called micro stampers. Lasers engrave codes on the inside of the gun when it's made so when the gun is fired the codes are stamped to the shell casing. Police officers could read the codes on the casings, identify the gun, and track down the buyer.

The bill, though, is causing a pretty big controversy. Michelle Schimel, a Democrat in the New York State Assembly and sponsor of the bill, and Republican member Brian Kolb, who is against the bill, discuss the controversy on "Starting Point."

Filed under: Crime • Guns
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  1. Tia

    Micro stamping on semi automatic weapons, probably could track down the owner of a weapon. However off times those whom committ a crime with a gun,may not always be the owner of such said gun. Lets say all new semi-automatic weapons were stamped. Lets say in leau of theft as in a home invasion,or other means someone obtains someone elses weapon and use it in a crime. The owner is tracked down,prosecuted for a crime he or she did not do. So in that essence I feel something else will be needed or enforced,other than merely "micro stamping",for the sake of innocent owners whom may become a victim twice. Why not make the law create a bill to make any kind of offender or persons with criminal or mental records impossible by any means to obtain a gun. Then again as long as we solve issues by force with instruments that end result is a crime,until they main issue is resolved a mere micro stamp won't ensure the true criminals intent nor true owners innocents,only more paper work and more hassels!

    June 17, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse | Reply

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