New York Budget Committee Shoots Down Ballistics Imaging and Microstamping Requirements

On March 26, 2012 the New York state budget committee voted on a revised budget that repeals the controversial state-wide ballistics imaging and microstamping requirements that were included in the original proposal.

Ballistics imaging requires companies to shoot “sample” shots from a gun in order for law enforcement to collect the spent shell casings and store their marking in a database system so that, in theory, law enforcement would be able to match-up the markings on any casings recovered at crime scenes to determine which specific gun fired the rounds. The microstamping is a patented process in which companies would be required to use a micro-laser to engrave the firearm’s make, model and serial number on the tip of a firing pin so that it would imprint on discharged cartridge cases.

Kimber Manufacturing and Remington Arms Co., both large firearms manufacturers based in New York, expressed strong opposition to the proposed microstamping legislation. The cost necessary to implement the microstamping would hurt both the companies and would have potentially negatively affected the state’s economy.

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