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By AWR Hawkins

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Washington DC - -(Ammoland.com)-  The microstamping requirement for semi-automatic firearms in California is bad policy but effective gun control.

This is why the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), together with Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI), filed a suit against the microstamping requirement in California on January 9th.

While microstamping proponents claim the policy will lead to crime prevention and aid in police investigations of firearm-related crimes, the reality is that this practice results in de facto gun control–the kind of gun control that caused Smith & Wesson to join Sturm, Ruger, & Co. in announcing they will no longer sell semi-automatic firearms in CA.

In a nutshell, miscrostamping is the placement of a fingerprint on the end of the firing pin of a semi-automatic firearm. In theory, this results in a mark traceable to that firearm–and that firearm alone–every time a bullet is fired and a shell casing ejected.

According to the NSSF, this process “is costly and time consuming” and drives up prices of manufacturing enough to “threaten the employment of thousands in the firearm industry.”

Additionally, even after all the added cost and time, microstamping does not always work. There are problems with the legibility of the marks left by microstamped firing pins, and there are questions about collecting information for a database on microstamped guns, as well.

Todd Lizotte holds the patent for microstamping technology, and even he admits that “legitimate questions exist related to both the technical aspects, production costs, and database management associated with microstamping that should be addressed before wide scale implementation is legislatively mandated.”

As California’s front-running GOP gubernatorial candidate, Tim Donnelly, told Breitbart News: “Microstamping is a highly technical way to do what they’ve been trying to do all along, which is gun control.”

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About:
AWR Hawkins writes for all the BIG sites, for Pajamas Media, for RedCounty.com, for Townhall.com and now AmmoLand Shooting Sports News.

His southern drawl is frequently heard discussing his take on current events on radio shows like America’s Morning News, the G. Gordon Liddy Show, the Ken Pittman Show, and the NRA’s Cam & Company, among others. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal (summer 2010), and he holds a PhD in military history from Texas Tech University.

If you have questions or comments, email him at awr@awrhawkins.com. You can find him on facebook at www.facebook.com/awr.hawkins.

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  • 10 User comments to “Microstamping Bad Policy but Effective Gun Control”

    1. This is just another STUPID LAW!! People will just start policing their rounds!!! Come on!! I’M SO TIRED OF HEARING GOVERNMENT CAME OUT WITH THIS STUFF!! Do they totally lose their IQ’s when they go into Office??!! STOP TRYING TO RESTRICT EVERYTHING!! GO AFTER THE CRIMINALS!!! THE COPS KNOW WHO MOST OF THEM ARE!!! ARREST THEM AND PUT THEM AWAY AND LEAVE THE NORMAL….TAX PAYER( YOUR BOSSES) THE HELL ALONE!!!

    2. Every bullet is grooved by the barrel in a unique fingerprint-like pattern. Why would a crime oriented person not just add a brass catcher? Or even better, while cleaning the gun just hit the firing pin with a file once or twice and be done with it?

    3. With all the schemes being perpetrated the 2nd Amendment and the U.S. Constitution face a “clear and present danger”.

    4. Would be better to stamp “STUPID” on the foreheads of these idiots who came up with this.

    5. No, it is not stupid. It is quite intentional. They know what they are doing. They think all the people who own guns are conservative, old, white, males, and vote Republican. If you are any of those, they make you into the enemy. Then you don’t count. Of course, the vast majority of those people are decent, law-abiding, working citizens. And there are many gun owners who are not old, are not white, are not male, and maybe there are even some who vote for Democrats. But it doesn’t matter to them. What can you do? Join the NRA and become active. Contribute to a Second Amendment organization. Vote.

    6. Microstamping is a great idea. I’ll pick up others empties at the range, use a brass catcher and toss the range scrounged brass on the ground after the shooting, or use a revolver and leave no empties.

    7. If I were a manufacturer I would refuse to sell firearms or ammunition to any government agency state of national located within a state that has such a law. It seems to me that it is just as important to be able to tell which officer left which trail of brass as it is to tell which brass was left by the perpetrator.

    8. So…basically I can go to the range, shoot. Someone can collect my brass, kill someone and drop my shell and I did it…sounds like a liberal concept. Idiots.

    9. I believe the barrel grooves leave a mark on the bullet not the brass. That’s why police always want to collect the lead from a victim.

    10. I shoot a revolver still, now I know the reason why.

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