Hanna on microstamping: an all-around bad idea for NYS

First an update: on Tuesday, May 24, Assembly Bill 1157 passed in the New York Assembly by a 84 to 55 vote. The bill has been delivered to the state Senate and will be considered in the Senate Codes Committee (see earlier post here).

Around the same time, a regular columnist for America's First Freedom wrote in the June issue:

I run across a lot of letters to the editor that deal with both sides of the issue of gun control. My unscientific analysis is that most of the pro-Second Amendment letters usually contain at least one or two facts and rely more on logic and reason than on emotion. Then there are the anti-gun letters, which usually feature a straw man argument, some ad hominem attacks on gun owners, some faulty logic (or even worse, no logic at all) and attempts to write that pesky Second Amendment out of the Constitution.

Thankfully, Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY24) takes the first route—with more than "one or two facts"—in an op-ed in the Utica Observer-Dispatch:

...Remington is the nation’s oldest gunmaker and has manufactured its product in Ilion for nearly 200 years. It is the largest U.S. manufacturer of shotguns and rifles — the only American company to produce both firearms and ammunition domestically.

But legislators in Albany are considering a new law that could jeopardize jobs at Remington’s plant and increase costs on consumers...

[....] Microstamping is a patented, sole-source concept that would micro-laser engrave the firearm’s make, model and serial number on the tip of a gun’s firing pin. In theory, that information would then be imprinted on to the discharged cartridge casing when the gun was fired. Proponents of the law say it would help law enforcement solve gun crimes.

But there are many flaws with this idea. Among them:

* The concept is unproven...

* It causes increased costs and burdens on manufacturers and consumers...

* Lawful gun owners, not criminals, will be affected... 

* This legislation will be particularly punitive to New York, especially Upstate New York...

Read the whole thing and then contact your state Senator.