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Community Update

Summer 2008


Assembly Passes Landmark Microstamping Legislation

photo Magnified image of a microstamped cartridge photo Components of a Cartridge

In an effort to help law enforcement solve gun crimes, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel is leading the fight in the New York State Legislature on her landmark microstamping legislation (A.9819A). Microstamping is a crime-fighting technology designed to aid law enforcement in investigating and solving homicides and other gun-related crimes. This technology allows police to trace firearms through cartridge casings found at crime scenes, even if the crime gun is never recovered.

Sobering statistics from the FBI indicate that nearly 40% of all homicides go unsolved each year in the United States. In 2005, there were 3,235 unsolved gun-related homicides nationwide. In the future, New York could see a higher percentage of closed firearm cases if investigators could identify crime guns solely from cartridge cases collected at crime scenes.

“When a person is murdered or victimized with a firearm we want to know who fired that gun,” said Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel. “No shooter has the right to hide behind a blank shell casing.”

In April, the New York State Assembly passed Schimel’s microstamping bill, A.9819A, which requires all semiautomatic pistols manufactured or delivered to any licensed firearms dealer in the State of New York to be capable of microstamping ammunition by January 1, 2010. This legislation will not place any restrictions on gun ownership or access, will not require any new databases and will not impose any new costs on the state.

The Media & Michelle

Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel made news headlines across the state following her first press conference on microstamping and subsequent live fire demonstration. She even had an editorial cartoon on microstamping published in the Albany Times Union. Some of the featured headlines in newspapers around the state included, Guns & Bluster, NRA Gets Out Its Veto Stamp, and Gun Measure Caught In Political Cross Fire.

Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel answered several questions from the television and print media about microstamping, the next generation crime-fighting tool, following her press conference on April 14.

Microstamping Bill Blocked By State Senate:
What Can You Do?

photo Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel is joined by (L to R) Assemblyman Charles Lavine, Port Washington Police Chief William Kilfoil, Assemblyman Steven Englebright, Chief Lloyd Perkins of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, and Senator Martin Golden of Brooklyn.
To date, action on Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel’s microstamping bill has been blocked by the Senate, due to pressure from the gun lobby. The Senate has prevented this valuable legislation from becoming law, despite the fact that over 50 law enforcement agencies and police departments throughout the state have endorsed this legislation.

“Police investigators work hard to catch perpetrators who prey on our communities, prosecutors work hard to build cases against these criminals. It is unacceptable not to embrace this effective crime fighting tool,” said Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel.

Contact Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and urge him to enact Assemblywoman Schimel’s microstamping bill, A.9819A. He can be contacted at:

Room 503, State Capitol
Albany, NY 12247
(518) 455-3171

Schimel Sponsors Live Fire Demonstration

On May 19, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel was joined at the New York State Police Academy Firing Range by Todd Lizotte, co-inventor of microstamping technology, and Joshua Horowitz, the Executive Director of the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence, who demonstrated exactly how microstamping works at a live fire demonstration. Law enforcement officials and legislators gathered to judge for themselves the effectiveness of microstamping technology.

After several rounds of bullets were fired from a semiautomatic pistol equipped with microstamping capability, those present examined the markings on the spent cartridge casings under a microscope.

A Police Officer fires a semiautomatic pistol with microstamping capability at the New York State Police Academy Firing Range in Albany.

Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel examines
a microstamped cartridge
that was ejected from a
semiautomatic pistol
during a live fire demonstration.

Law Enforcement Supports Common Sense Technology

photo Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice and Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey held a press conference last month to urge the Senate to pass Schimel’s microstamping bill (A.9819A). Pictured L to R: Nassau County DA Rice, Assemblywoman Schimel and Police Commissioner Mulvey.
Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, a board member of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence since 1994, has the support of several law enforcement agencies in Nassau County, including the Nassau County PBA, Nassau County Detectives Association, Nassau County District Attorney’s Office and the Nassau County Police Department.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice believes that microstamping is another ‘common sense’ tool that law enforcement can use to keep our community safe.

“Like fingerprinting and DNA testing, microstamping is a technological advancement that will strengthen prosecutions of the guilty and help exonerate the innocent. I applaud Assemblywoman Schimel and her efforts to improve public safety and draft laws that will make our communities safer places,” said DA Rice.

Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey finds microstamping effective.

“Although we are lucky enough to live in one of the safest counties in the nation, I believe it is important that we remain proactive in our fight against crime in general and specifically against gun violence, which we are seeing more of these days. Microstamping would be a valuable investigative tool that would assist our Detectives with solving crimes committed within our great county,” said Mulvey.

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