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March 17, 2012

Microstamping Added to N.Y. Budget


Anti-gun legislators from New York City for the fourth year continue to seek passage of firearms microstamping legislation. While there are currently bills in both chambers, the most pressing issue is the inclusion of microstamping in the Assembly budget AB 9055C (Part B). We need every firearms retailer, gun owner and sportsman to contact members of the Public Protection/Criminal Justice/Judiciary budget committee. Another meeting will occur on Monday, March 19 at 1:30 p.m. If microstamping remains in the state budget, it would result in an outright ban of firearms in the Empire State.

Please contact members of the committee immediately:

Assembly Senate
Joseph Lentol (Co-Chair) 518-455-4477 Stephen Saland (Co-Chair) 518-455-2411
Helene Weinstein 518-455-5462 Elizabeth Little 518-455-2811
Jeffrion Aubry 518-455-4561 Michael Nozzolio 518-455-2366
Steven Englebright 518-455-4804 Greg Ball 518-455-3111
Daniel O’Donnell 518-455-5603 Martin Golden 518-455-2730
Philip Boyle 518-455-4611 Ruth Hassell-Thompson 518-455-2061
Joseph Giglio 518-455-5241 Michael Gianaris 518-455-3486

If microstamping were to become law, firearms manufacturers would be forced to employ a patented, sole-sourced concept that independent studies, including those from the National Academy of Sciences and the University of California at Davis, found to be flawed and easily defeated by criminals. Passage of this bill could result in layoffs of factory workers throughout New York as manufacturers, already being heavily lobbied by tax and gun friendly states, consider moving out of New York. Furthermore, firearms manufacturers could be forced to abandon the New York market altogether rather than spend the astronomical sums of money needed to completely reconfigure their manufacturing and assembly processes. This would directly impact law enforcement, firearms retailers and their law-abiding customers.

The last thing New York needs is another failed concept (ballistic imaging) costing tax-payer money, forcing manufacturing jobs out of the state and impacting only lawful firearms owners and retailers.

Learn more about microstamping by viewing the NSSF Microstamping Fact Sheet.