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Micro-Stamping | Ballistic "Fingerprinting"

The concept of “micro-stamping” is that a firearm’s firing pin or other internal parts could imprint, onto fired ammunition cartridge cases, unique microscopic codes, that the codes could be entered into a computerized database before the firearm leaves the factory, and that police investigators could pick up a cartridge case left at a crime scene, identify the markings on the case, run them against the database, and identify the criminal involved.

However, micro-stamping has repeatedly failed in tests, micro-stamped markings are easily removed, most guns do not automatically eject fired cartridge cases, only new guns—a small percentage of all guns—would be micro-stamped, most gun crimes cannot be solved by micro-stamping, most crimes don’t require micro-stamping to be solved, and most criminals get guns through unregulated channels that would not be affected by a micro-stamping requirement.

In 2008, the National Academy of Sciences evaluated the feasibility, accuracy and technical capability of a possible national database of so-called “ballistic images” from new guns sold in the United States. Citing a number of factors, the evaluation concluded, “A national reference ballistic image database should not be established.”

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Wednesday, December 22, 2021

New Jersey: Governor’s Gun Bill Package Misfires in The Assembly

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New Jersey:  Final Assembly Action on Gun Bills Planned for Monday

Thursday, December 16, 2021

New Jersey: Final Assembly Action on Gun Bills Planned for Monday

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New Jersey: Gun Control Package Moving Rapidly in the Legislature

Monday, December 13, 2021

New Jersey: Gun Control Package Moving Rapidly in the Legislature

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New Jersey: Assembly Judiciary Committee Targets Gun Owners With Even More Gun Bills Monday

Thursday, December 9, 2021

New Jersey: Assembly Judiciary Committee Targets Gun Owners With Even More Gun Bills Monday

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Thursday, December 2, 2021

New Jersey: Gov. Murphy Pushing More Gun Control in “Lame Duck” Session

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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Massachusetts: Gun Bills Waiting on Committee Action

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Monday, July 26, 2021

Massachusetts: Gun Bills Scheduled for Committee Hearing Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, the Joint Committee on the Judiciary will hold public hearings on both pro- and anti-gun bills.

New York:  Lawmakers Wrap Up Their “Closed” 2021 Regular Session

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

New York: Lawmakers Wrap Up Their “Closed” 2021 Regular Session

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New York:  Majority Democrats in Senate Continue Passing Gun Control

Thursday, June 3, 2021

New York: Majority Democrats in Senate Continue Passing Gun Control

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New York:  Microstamping and Anti-Gun Bills on the Move in Albany

Friday, May 21, 2021

New York: Microstamping and Anti-Gun Bills on the Move in Albany

This week, a trio of anti-gun bills were passed out of Senate committees with the only opposition coming ...

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