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July 7, 2010

Firearms Microstamping Study Bill Introduced in U.S. House

U.S. Congressman Dan Boren introduced legislation this week (H.R. 5667) to direct the U.S. Attorney General to work with the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a comprehensive study of firearm microstamping. NSSF supports this bipartisan legislation as a means of ensuring adequate research of microstamping is completed, and the concept is proven to work reliably, prior to states mandating microstamping through the legislative process.

Firearms microstamping is a patented process that laser engraves the firearm's make, model and serial number on the tip of the gun's firing pin so that, in theory, it imprints the information on discharged cartridge cases. Every independent study to examine the concept of microstamping has determined that it does not function reliably and is flawed.

NSSF thanks Rep. Boren (D – Okla.) for sponsoring this bill and  Reps. Broun (R-Ga.), Bishop (R-Utah), Herseth Sandlin (D-SD), Altmire (D-Pa.), Miller (R-Fl.) and Boozman (R- Ark.) for co-sponsoring this commonsense measure.

To learn more about firearms microstamping, please visit the NSSF Microstamping Fact Sheet.

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