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OPINION: Thoughts on Microstamping

Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel meets Chicago top cop Jody Weis to discuss microstamping.

I recently met with Jody Weis, Deputy Director of the Chicago Crime Commission. Our discussion centered on reducing illegal guns in their respective states of New York and Illinois.

Mr. Weis is the former Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department. He spent 23 years in the Federal Bureau of Investigation where he investigated terrorism, narcotics, and violent crime matters. In addition, Mr. Weis also served on the Houston SWAT team and was a bomb technician.

As the sponsor of a microstamping bill in the New York State Assembly, I met with Mr. Weis after learning of his interest in microstamping technology from a national news show where he spoke about his plan to push for microstamping legislation in Illinois.

This technology enables shell cartridges in semi-automatic handguns to be microstamped with an alpha-numeric code that allows law enforcement to trace the shell casing back to the first purchaser of the gun without having to recover the firearm.

The meeting was very productive. Both of us agreed that I should reach out to members of the Illinois State Legislature. I hope my bill will soon become law in New York State.

Michelle Schimel is the New York State Assembly representative for the 16th Assembly District. She was first elected in a Special Election held on March 27, 2007.

cliff Spieles February 07, 2012 at 12:00 AM
As a police officer in a busy city I understand that we need to keep firearms away from criminals. Microstamping will have no effect on firearm related crimes in NYS because criminals get their firearms illegally (mostly from out of state). If you really want to stop firearm related crimes STOP letting criminals out of jail so fast. In my 9 years as a beat cop, Im arresting the same people over and over again. If NYS would just keep the bad guys in jail firearm crimes would drop drastically
LosTresGusanos February 07, 2012 at 05:27 AM
First of all, you represent the people of the state of New York, Assemblywoman Schimel, not Illinois. We have plenty of things to do here in case you've forgotten. Perhaps if you need a reminder, we can show you at the voting booth next election. Secondly, the majority of cops I know realize that microstamping is utterly useless. All it will do - which I believe is your true intent - is regulate guns out of existence. Let me tell you something: The 4 million members plus of the NRA and I will fight you tooth and nail every step of the way.
Greg February 22, 2012 at 05:21 AM
Great, ANOTHER waste of taxpayer money on a harebrained idea so a politician can pat herself on the back and claim she did something. What, $44 MILLION wasted on CoBIS isnt enough? We have to drive firearms manufacturers over the state line into PA and lose jobs and tax revenue? Brilliant.
john agilaiaro February 29, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Schimel and other local petty politicians are nothing but inept people unable to hold a real job they only waste our money while engage in flim flaming us,
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