Friday, November 27, 2009

SB174 - Microstamping on handguns bill - PUBLIC HEARING on December 1

SB174 - Microstamping on handguns bill - PUBLIC HEARING on December 1

Committee on Judiciary, Corrections, Insurance, Campaign Finance Reform, and Housing
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
11:00 AM - or immediately following the executive session, whichever is later.
411 South - State Capitol

Senate Bill 174 - Relating to: creating a microstamping requirement for certain handguns, certification of compliance with the microstamping requirement, requiring the exercise of rule-making authority, and providing penalties.

By Senators Coggs and Taylor; cosponsored by Representatives Young, A. Williams, Turner, Berceau, Grigsby, Colon, Richards, Kessler, Sinicki and Pasch.

From the NRA-ILA:

Problems with "Micro-Stamping"
  • "Micro-stamping" has repeatedly failed in tests.
  • "Micro-stampings" are easily removed.
  • Most gun crimes cannot be solved by "micro-stamping," or do not require "micro-stamping" to be solved.
  • Most criminals get guns through unregulated channels.
  • "Micro-stamping" would increase gun thefts, home invasions and burglaries, and expand the black market in guns..
  • Most guns do not automatically eject fired cartridge cases.
  • Only a small percentage of guns would be "micro-stamped."
  • Most violent crimes don't involve guns. According to the FBI, 3/4 of violent crimes, including 1/3 of murders and 3/5 of robberies, are committed without guns.9
  • "Micro-stamping" would waste money better spent on traditional crime-fighting and crime-solving efforts.
  • "Micro-stamping" would expose police departments to lawsuits if officers fired "unsafe handguns."

1. Testify or Register against SB174 at the Public Hearing on December 1st. (Official notice below)
2. If you can't make it to the public hearing, submit your testimony to Sen. Lena Taylor the Judiciary Committee Chairman and 'CC' all the Committee Members. Specifically ask that your testimony and position be part of the official committee record.
3. Contact your State Senator and let them know you are against the bill!
4. Pass this information along to friends and family.