Mayor Bloomberg Issues Strong Statement about Microstamping’s Passage in the Assembly

June 3, 2011
Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel on the floor of the Assembly debating Microstamping.
New York, NY – Mayor Bloomberg has issued a statement praising Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel for her efforts in advancing microstamping legislation (A.1157A). Microstamping will help law enforcement trace spent bullet cartridges to the same guns that fired them, giving investigators critical information to track down criminals.

“The State Assembly today stood up for police officers, district attorneys and all New Yorkers by voting to give law enforcement a new tool to solve gun crimes. Microstamping, which is a new technology that imprints a unique mark on every bullet casing, helps connect guns – and their owners – to crimes. When this bill failed to pass the State Senate last year, I pledged on behalf of more than 100 mayors and 83 police chiefs and law enforcement organizations across New York State to keep fighting for it. Thanks to the leadership of Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, the bill is once again before the Senate, having passed the Assembly. New Yorkers now need their Senators to stand up and finally approve this common-sense, crucial legislation,” said Mayor Bloomberg.

Speaking from the floor of the Assembly Chamber after the passage of her microstamping bill, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel stated, “After 3 years of working weekly with Mayor Bloomberg’s Criminal Justice Division this moment is bittersweet. Once again the bill passed the Assembly with the support of police, law enforcement and mayors from across the state, but it will not come to the floor of the Senate for a vote.”