Requiring 'microstamped' bullets isn’t practical law

Published: Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 - 2:10 pm

Re "Gunmakers to halt some sales in state" (Page A1, Jan. 24): I am disappointed that the story casts the "microstamping" feature for guns as a "bad gunmaker, good lawmaker" issue. Microstamping marks bullet casings with a unique code when the gun is fired, but it’s a technology that cannot be implemented on a production scale. The article reflects little investigation into this technology. The story only quotes a lawmaker who claims to have "seen the technology tested." The story did not present any evidence that microstamping will solve any crime. In fact, because the vast majority of gun crimes are committed with guns that have been stolen, the microstamped casing will only cause confusion by casting suspicion on the person the gun was stolen from. Another bad law on the books won't solve the problem of violence.

-- Brian Bainter, Elk Grove

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