Why are cops' guns exempt from microstamping?

Published: Friday, Mar. 14, 2014 - 6:03 pm

Re "Microstamp guns, save lives" (Letters, March 9): Letter writer Rebecca Gonzales writes that law enforcement strongly supported microstamping.

But, funny enough, law enforcement officers are exempt from the microstamping requirement, and from every other requirement of California's law against unsafe handguns. Police use handguns in their daily duties. Don't they need safe handguns even more than other Californians do?

No one wants more accidental shooting deaths of police. So if microstamping really can be inexpensive and reliable, the Legislature should remove the exemption for law enforcement officers from California's roster of handguns certified for sale, and force them to use microstamping handguns like the rest of us.

-- Chase Buchanan, Sacramento

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