January 12, 2010 MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT
A6468B Assemblywoman Schimel
This memorandum is submitted on behalf of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police to support Senate bill S 6005 and Assembly bill A 6468 and urge its passage in both houses of the Legislature.
Microstamping technology would give law enforcement a tool that will provide evidence to help investigate, arrest, and convict more people who use semiautomatic handguns in crimes. As the gun is fired, information identifying the make, model, and serial number of the gun is stamped onto the cartridge as numbers and letters. This technology is designed to aid law enforcement officials investigating homicides and other crime scenes. It will provide rapid leads at many crime scenes which is so important in the first crucial hours after a homicide.
Microstamping will help reduce gun trafficking of new semiautomatic handguns by creating accountability. Legal purchasers who buy guns for traffickers (straw buyers) will be deterred once they know crimes committed with these guns can be traced directly back to them.
This new technology would make ballistics matching far more accurate and efficient than existing systems. It will assist in identifying straw purchasers as well as assisting law enforcement to quickly identify the original purchaser and therefore more readily trace the crime gun. This technology would be an additional tool for law enforcement and a strong deterrent to gun violence.
Since this bill would require all semiautomatic pistols to be equipped with a microscopic array of characters that identify the make, model, and serial number of the pistol on the firing pin, thereby aiding in the investigation of a crime scene as well as deterring criminals from the use of a firearm, we strongly urge that it be enacted into law.
New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, Inc.