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Micro-Stamping | Ballistic "Fingerprinting"

The concept of “micro-stamping” is that a firearm’s firing pin or other internal parts could imprint, onto fired ammunition cartridge cases, unique microscopic codes, that the codes could be entered into a computerized database before the firearm leaves the factory, and that police investigators could pick up a cartridge case left at a crime scene, identify the markings on the case, run them against the database, and identify the criminal involved.

However, micro-stamping has repeatedly failed in tests, micro-stamped markings are easily removed, most guns do not automatically eject fired cartridge cases, only new guns—a small percentage of all guns—would be micro-stamped, most gun crimes cannot be solved by micro-stamping, most crimes don’t require micro-stamping to be solved, and most criminals get guns through unregulated channels that would not be affected by a micro-stamping requirement.

In 2008, the National Academy of Sciences evaluated the feasibility, accuracy and technical capability of a possible national database of so-called “ballistic images” from new guns sold in the United States. Citing a number of factors, the evaluation concluded, “A national reference ballistic image database should not be established.”

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Mission Impossible: California Court Upholds Microstamping Law

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Mission Impossible: California Court Upholds Microstamping Law

It is not surprising that gun control activists who harp endlessly about “common sense” gun restrictions and the ...

Washington Times  

Friday, June 29, 2018

Court nixes challenge to rare California bullet stamping law

The California Supreme Court threw out a lawsuit Thursday that sought to block an unusual law requiring new ...

U.S. New & World Report  

Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Latest: California Justices Toss Bullet Stamping Suit

The California Supreme Court says state laws cannot be invalidated on the grounds that complying with them is ...

New York: Final Gavel Drops with Gun Bills Failing To Advance In Albany

Friday, June 22, 2018

New York: Final Gavel Drops with Gun Bills Failing To Advance In Albany

New York gun owners will take any bit of good news coming out of Albany that they can ...

New York: Microstamping On the Assembly Calendar For Thursday

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

New York: Microstamping On the Assembly Calendar For Thursday

Scores of bills are quickly passing both chambers in Albany with no public input or debate as lawmakers ...

Associated Press  

Thursday, April 5, 2018

More than a decade after it passed, California gun law still being fought in court

It's been more than a decade since state lawmakers passed a law requiring expended shell casings from new-model ...

Repudiated at the Polls, National Democrats Continue to Push Gun Control

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Repudiated at the Polls, National Democrats Continue to Push Gun Control

Recent weeks have seen a heated debate involving national Democratic Party figures over how to approach the issue ...

New York: Legislature Convenes for its 2017 Legislative Session

Friday, January 6, 2017

New York: Legislature Convenes for its 2017 Legislative Session

On Wednesday, January 4, the New York State Legislature began its 2017 Legislative Session.  Several gun control bills ...

California: Appeals Court Says Lawsuit Challenging California’s Microstamping Law Can Proceed

Friday, December 2, 2016

California: Appeals Court Says Lawsuit Challenging California’s Microstamping Law Can Proceed

Yesterday, Thursday, December 1, California’s Fifth Appellate District Court of Appeal ruled that a case challenging the state’s ...

BearingArms.com  

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

LA Times Editors Call For Banning All Guns In The United States

Why would California Democrats force through a law mandating a technology that doesn’t exist in a viable form, ...

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