Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel Live on CNN’S Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien

Schimel debates her microstamping legislation on national television
June 18, 2012
Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel talking about her microstamping legislation on CNN’s Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien.

Manhattan, New York – Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel (D-Great Neck), a leading voice on gun violence prevention in New York State, appeared this morning on CNN’s Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien to debate her signature issue, microstamping. The opposing viewpoint was provided by Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R- Canandaigua). The guest panel of political commentators included Will Cain, Margaret Hoover, and Celeste Headlee.

Schimel, the sponsor of microstamping legislation in the State Assembly, refuted Kolb’s claims about the impact of microstamping on gun manufacturers in the state. Schimel said that she took umbrage with Remington and Kimber’s threats of moving out of the state if microstamping were to become law when both companies took millions of dollars in tax breaks and state grants subsidized by taxpayers. Both gun manufacturers have received more than $6 million in state economic development grants since 2009.

As Kenneth Lovett reported last month in the New York Daily News, much of this funding was used by Remington Arms to help consolidate company operations in New York that were based out of Massachusetts and Connecticut. State funds awarded to Kimber Manufacturing were used for plant renovations and to purchase equipment.

Following her news interview, Schimel stated, “Every day innocent lives are cut short by gunfire and murderers are roaming our streets because police cannot link shell casings left at the scene of a crime to the person who pulled the trigger. Microstamping technology will help law enforcement officers place these criminals behind bars.”

Earlier this week the New York Times ran a front-page story about the national debate on microstamping, and an independent peer-review study was released confirming the effectiveness of microstamping technology.

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