Firearms Industry Announces Opposition to Microstamping Legislation in Connecticut
The companies attending the press conference included
Legislation (SB 353) mandating that firearms manufacturers incorporate the patented technology of microstamping would require manufacturers to micro laser-engrave a gun's make, model and serial number on the firing pin of each gun so, in theory, the information is imprinted on the cartridge casing that is discharged when the pistol is fired. Independent peer-reviewed studies have made clear that microstamping is both flawed and easily defeated and should not be mandated without further in-depth study. This view is shared by the firearms industry and law enforcement agencies, such as the National Fraternal Order of Police and the Connecticut Fraternal Order of Police.
Passage of SB 353 could result in all sales of firearms being halted in the state - as manufacturers are forced to abandon the market in lieu of paying the astronomical sums of money needed to completely reconfigure their manufacturing and assembly processes.
Also of concern is whether
"This feel-good legislation will do more harm than good," said
The firearms industry, which has contributed
"This is an extraordinarily dangerous bill," said NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Additional: More on Microstamping
Opposition to microstamping legislation has intensified as firearm manufacturers have indicated that even if they chose to remain in the
Last year a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report commented on the technology of firearms microstamping. Scientists said, "Further studies are needed on the durability of microstamping marks under various firing conditions and their susceptibility to tampering, as well as on the cost impact for manufacturers and consumers."
Further emboldening opposition to the microstamping bill is a study by researchers at the
The authors of the study note that "more testing in a wider range of firearms is needed to determine the costs and feasibility" of mandating microstamping.
The UC Davis study confirms an earlier, independent, peer-reviewed study published in the professional scholarly journal for forensic firearms examiners. That study, by Professor
"The NAS report, the U.C. Davis study and earlier peer-reviewed research only serve to further validate our longstanding concerns that this technology is unreliable, that it simply does not work as advertised and can and will be easily defeated by criminals in seconds using common household tools," said Keane.
For more information on the facts concerning microstamping please visit the NSSF Legislative Action Center or Media Resources Homepage: www.nssf.org
SOURCE National Shooting Sports Foundation
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