Microstamping and migraines

Published: Thursday, Mar. 13, 2014 - 8:03 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Mar. 14, 2014 - 10:16 am

Re "Microstamping guns saves lives" (Letters, March 10): I am a Marine, a former police officer in Massachusetts, have worked private security for more than 20 years, and am not opposed to safety measures for firearms.

However, the debate over microstamping is beginning to give me a migraine.

First, letter writer Rebecca Gonzales incorrectly states: "Micrstamping will help reduce these numbers [gun deaths] by helping police catch criminals." By definition, if the police have to catch someone, the crime was committed. It was not prevented. It might make someone think twice. But someone bent on doing harm to another just may not care.

Second, microstamping will only make a difference in firearms that eject casings such as semi-automatic rifles and pistols. It will have absolutely no value on revolvers and bolt-action rifles, as they do not automatically eject casings.

I can only hope California legislators won't ban those next.

-- Christopher Shoff, Sacramento

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