Albany – State Assemblymembers Michelle Schimel and Brian Kavanagh hailed the inclusion of microstamping in the Assembly budget proposal passed today. Microstamping would replace the existing, less effective Combined Ballistic Identification System (CoBIS), which the Governor has proposed to eliminate in his Executive budget.
Microstamping allows law enforcement to trace firearms through shell casings found at crime scenes, even if the crime gun is never found. In passing microstamping, the Assembly heeded the call of gun violence victims and their families, anti-crime advocates, and law enforcement who have called for microstamping to be enacted in the budget due to be completed by the end of the month.
“Microstamping is about public safety and placing criminals behind bars,” said Schimel, who has sponsored legislation calling for microstamping for several years. “This technology will save taxpayers’ dollars by enabling law enforcement to solve gun crimes quicker. At a time when government has to save money and be more efficient, microstamping will help reduce the number of man-hours needed to solve gun crimes. I praise my Assembly colleagues for realizing the urgent need for microstamping in New York State, and I strongly urge the State Senate and Governor to join us and include it in the final budget.”
Kavanagh said, “With violent gun crimes continuing to be a scourge throughout the state, it is essential that we give police the best tools available to solve them. Microstamping is a straightforward mechanism that is very difficult for all but the most sophisticated criminals to thwart and has no significant effect on law-abiding gun owners. The Senate should join us in taking this simple step to solve violent crimes and end some of the carnage.”