Cuomo Says Microstamping Of Bullets Unlikely To Be Adopted


Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he plans to soon introduce a proposal for tougher gun-control laws, but he didn’t expect passage of a measure for microstamping of bullet casings.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a staunch gun-control advocate, has pushed Albany in recent years to legalize microstamping technology, which would imprint a unique code on the casings that could help police track a gun’s purchase and owner.

“I support microstamping. I think it’s highly improbable at this point that you would get agreement on it,” Cuomo said at a cabinet meeting today in Albany.

The legislation passed the Democratic-led Assembly in 2010, but failed in the closely divided Senate. With Republicans now heading a power-sharing deal in the Senate, Cuomo suggested he probably couldn’t get a deal on microstamping.

Cuomo said significant changes are needed to the state’s gun laws, and he would push for them. He didn’t put a timetable on an agreement.

“It’s a controversial issue. It always has been. And we think significant change has to be made,” Cuomo said. “Our proposals are not about a tinkering around the edges. We think it has be significant. We think this is a multifaceted problem. And it’s not just guns. This is also about mental health. This is also about a culture of violence that has been permeated and perpetuating.”

Cuomo said there is no agreement on new gun laws. He is expected to address the issue in the State of the State a week from today.

Cuomo also said he would not seek to ban gun shows in New York. There’s one coming up later this month at the Empire State Plaza, which is adjacent to the Capitol. Westchester County canceled a gun show scheduled for February.

“I’ll leave it to them to make that determination,” Cuomo said of gun show organizers. “I don’t think we’re going to take a statewide prohibition on gun shows. I wouldn’t be in favor of that.”


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  2. Microstamping is defeated so easily it’s not even funny.

    Anyone with five minutes and a nail file can render it useless. It also hasn’t been unequivocally been proven to be reliable enough to be worthwhile. Not to mention the fact that anything mechanical will wear down. Is there any accuracy guarantee based on how much much the pistol has been shot? The cheap pistols criminals prefer use lower grade steels which means the delicate stamp on the firing pin will wear out much quicker than a high quality pistol.

    Then there’s the question of revolvers. Revolvers don’t eject the brass casings like a semi-auto does which equates to zero casings left at the scene.

    In these tight times is is it really worth the time and money to saddle manufacturers of a legal product with the significant costs associated with implementing a flawed and ultimately easily defeated technology?