Assemblyman Marc W. Butler (R,C,I-Newport) stood up against downstate anti-gun special interests when he voted against their pet legislative bill – microstamping of handguns. The assemblyman said their annual efforts are little more than an attempt to curb the rights of law-abiding handgun owners. Worse yet, the assemblyman noted the significant negative impact passage of the bill would have on companies like Remington Arms, which employs over 2,000 people regionally.
“Microstamping as a violent crime deterrent simply does not work, and troublingly, due to the costliness of the technology, it will put New Yorkers out of work,” said Butler, Ranking Minority Member on the Assembly Economic Development Committee. “Year after year, downstate anti-second amendment activists set their sights on imposing their views on the vast majority of law-abiding New Yorkers, regardless of who they are or what rights are compromised. Quite frankly, it’s as wrong as you can get.”
While well-intentioned, microstamping technology is fallible. The technology is designed to leave an identifying etching on each casing fired from semi-automatic pistols, which proponents argue will leave a trail to the gun owner. In most violent crimes involving guns, however, the firearms were obtained illegally, leaving no verifiable chain of custody. Furthermore, the etching technology can be tampered with and filed off.
Butler noted that no other state has adopted this technology as a deterrent to violent crimes, due to its high cost and unreliability. “There’s too much at stake to let New York be the guinea pig to yet another bad law that infringes upon people’s rights and threatens their jobs,” concluded Butler.