Skip to comments.MILLER: Backdoor gun ban
Posted on 06/22/2012 3:48:39 AM PDT by marktwain
Gun grabbers need to be sneaky to accomplish their goals. Their latest trick is to convince anti-gun states to mandate that handguns be microstamp-ready. That means the weapons firing pin is redesigned to imprint a code on the primer so that, in theory, it will give law enforcement the ability to identify a specific gun from shell casings left at a crime scene. Like most left-wing endeavors, this one isnt going to work.
That didnt stop the New York State Assembly on Tuesday from passing a microstamping bill backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. The legislation, which passed 85 to 60, specifically says guns manufactured in New York or delivered to a dealer after January 2014 have to produce a unique alpha-numeric marker on at least two locations of each spent cartridge that identifies the make, model and serial number. Fortunately, the state Senate blocked the bill on the last day of this session on Thursday, as it has done in four previous sessions.
Mr. Bloomberg and Mr. Cuomo dont care about the negative impact of their proposal, which they estimate to be $12 per pistol. Manufacturers stuck with the actual duty of implementing the legislation put the cost at hundreds of dollars per gun. We dont know how to do microscopic etching. The equipment to do it costs hundreds of thousands of dollars, and we would also need a scanning electron microscope to verify its on the pin, said Jeff Reh, general counsel for Beretta USA. We wouldnt invest a half-million dollars to sell guns in one state.
A spokesman for Remington Arms said if it had to add microstamping to all its pistols, it would reconsider its relationship with New York and certainly the manufacturing of our handguns in the state.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...
Gun registration is the effective equivalent of gun confiscation.
How long would it take any idiot with a file to destroy the micro-stamp.
A couple of swipes with a fine file should do the trick.
I’m sure the spare parts industry will not be buying into the one state micro stamping business. So, just buy a spare firing pin and it’s up yours NY. Fortunately the NY Senate has more sense so far and killed a bad bill.
I realize manufacturers have a long history in New York and other New England states, but they should really smell the sulpher in the air up there and try to get out. I think it’s no surprise when Colt decided to build a new facility, it isn’t anywhere near New York..........It’s in Florida.
Yep ask those NYC citizens who registered their semiauto rifles in NYC in 1976 with the pledge that "It would never be used for confiscation." Fast forward to 1991 when NYC passed a law that all registered semiautos had to be gotten rid of out of state, rendered inoperable by a gunsmith with a certification to that effect or turned in to the police by a specific date. Most NYers complied like the government worshipping sheep that they are. A few did not (about 40) The police (those stalwart champions of the Bill of Rights) raided all 40+. Of the 40+ all but a handfull were paperwork snafus ie gun had been sold or transferred out of state (government messes up your paperwork get a raid from the gun gestapo). A little over 1/2 a dozen were actually in violation of NYC's unconstitutional law. They were arrested and their guns confiscated. Not many? How many violations of the Bill of Rights does it take to define a tyranny?
Microstamping has only one real purpose, to run the cost of a gun higher than people can pay.
Colt decided to build a new facility, it isnt anywhere near New York..........Its in Florida
Kel-Tec is also built in Florida.
Or spare parts takes just a few minutes to change out a fireing pin. Or hit the tip with a file.
But look how successful gun control has been?
Where the tightest gun control is, Chicago, South Central LA, and NYC, all gun crime free now,,, right? Better on average than the rest of the country,,,right?
Police your brass.
The left continues to prove its methods are untrustworthy and loaded with future intentions/motivations. I trust nothing they advocate. If they claimed breathing air was good, I would be suspect of their intentions.
Years ago I read of one of the New Yorkers who “failed” to turn in his semiautos. Seems he had moved to Idaho or Montana less than a year prior to the confiscation edict, so the notice was forwarded to his new home. Flush with exultation at living in comparative freedom in his new home, he sent back a letter telling the NY authorities what they could go do. (Which apparently did include the taunt “You want ‘em? Come and get ‘em!”)
A few weeks later he got a call from his parents that his former home had been stormed by the NY police.
If I may respectfully add another:
It gives the police a per se violation upon which to affect an arrest - on YOU, an otherwise lawful gun-owner. “Well...it the LAW.” they will say.
The legislation comes from the same mindspring that wanted to put nano-markers in ammo.
Microstamping has already been defeated by an ingenious inventor;
Part of the legislation makes it a felony to mess with the microstamping.
So lets say your wife or girlfriend decides she's pissed off at you, and gets an order of protection. The cops confiscate your firearms. They see that you don't have a microstamped firing pin in a gun whose serial number indicates it was made for microstamping. Off to prison you go. Same deal if it just wore down to unreadability because you spent a lot of time on the range.
The real purpose of microstamping is to provide yet another way to screw the gun owner whenever they want to.
If the gunmakers would take a stand, this would end overnight.
Simply refuse to service or sell to any governmental agencies in states where such draconian laws are passed, ala Ronnie Barrett in California.
If manufacturers are currently enjoying record sales, now would be the time to do it to minimize the damage to their bottom line as much as possible.
If the local SWAT teams can’t get the shiniest new toys, they’d turn up the pressure on their legislatures to do something.
Thanks for the info. that fits with what I read about the NYC gun gestapo's response at the time.
It seems to me that there’s a fair case to be made that this interferes with interstate commerce - one or a few states demanding something from manufacturers that, due to the nature of efficient manufacturing, effectively mandates that “something” in all states. I don’t think that NY or any other state has the authority to effectively mandate ANYTHING in another state, especially when such increases costs for those (consumers) who have no connection with NY, et al. Such commerce-damaging legislation was the impetus behind the junking of the Articles of Confederation and the adoption of the Constitution.
C’mon, any Commerce Clause experts out there who care to comment?
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