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"A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined,...

...but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government."—George Washington

Earlier this week, Professor Jacobson at Legal Insurrection wrote: "I'll be at a handgun training class tonight.  My wife and I finally are taking the plunge, and going through the NRA basic handgun safety course."

Well, the NYS Assembly is trying (again) to make it difficult for law-abiding citizens to obtain handguns:

On Monday, April 11, the New York Assembly Committee on Codes (contact information for this committee can be found herewill consider anti-gun legislation regarding micro-stamping.  Assembly Bill 1157, sponsored by Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel (D-16) [and co-sponsored by Barbara Lifton--tvm], would require semi-automatic pistols manufactured or delivered to any licensed dealer in the state to be capable of micro-stamping ammunition.

Micro-stamping is an unproven technology that is easily defeated with common household tools and the replacement of a few small parts.  If passed, the availability of semi-automatic handguns in New York will be in serious doubt, as manufacturers simply may choose not to build or sell firearms for purchase in the state.  Of course, that is the ultimate goal of this legislation.  Make no mistake, this is a gun ban and it must be stopped.

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