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Schimel: Gun Lobby Impedes Crime Prevention Measure in State Budget

Microstamping does not take away rights from law-abiding gun owners, the state assemblywoman says.

The powerful gun lobby’s influence has once again prevented common sense legislation that would provide law enforcement with a tool to catch criminals. The New York State Assembly included microstamping in their budget proposal in response to the Governor repealing CoBIS [Combined Ballistic Identification System] in his executive budget.  The gun lobby has prevailed to keep microstamping out of the final budget.

Case after case remain unsolved even though there is a preponderance of evidence such as shell casings left behind at the scene of neighborhood killings. These unsolved cases demand a solution that is not unlike the metal stamping used on automobiles, vehicle Identification numbers (VIN). The terrorist who left a Nissan Pathfinder in Times Square in 2010 was identified through the car’s VIN number. The break in the case occurred when a NYPD Detective went under the vehicle and obtained the hidden metal stamped VIN number, which identified the owner of record, who in turn, sold it to the suspect.

Like the VIN number on a car, the sole purpose of microstamping is to provide police with a more accurate method to track down the owner of a gun that is used in a crime. The gun lobby’s rallying cry is that microstamping is another piece of legislation that takes away rights from law abiding gun owners.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.

In a letter to Governor Cuomo, Remington, a large gun manufacturer in Illinois, went so far as to threaten to leave the New York market if the state implemented microstamping. This is tantamount to extortion.  

Violent gun crime continues to spike. Law enforcement deaths are on the rise. It is a sad day for New York when the gun lobby can trump public safety once again.

Assemb. Michelle Schimel, D-Great Neck, represents New York's 16th district. 

Dave April 03, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Thank you, sir. Unfortunately, some people, like our friend Nassau Taxpayer, base all of their decisions and opinions on emotions, instead of facts and logic. I am telling you right now, and this is a FACT...NONE of the law enforcement officers I know are in favor of these crazy gun control measures (like microstamping), especially those gun control laws implemented by Bloomberg and the NYPD politicians. Only a minority of politically and financially driven mayors and police chiefs are for these laws, because it gives them funding and pads their wallets. The actual street officers and sergeants are very for law abiding people owning and carrying all kinds of guns...We know that police can't be everywhere at once, and people need to take their protection into their own hands sometimes. But, if that happens, it makes the police chiefs and mayors look like they don't have control...Can't have that, can we?
Dave April 03, 2012 at 06:47 PM
How do I show poor judgement? Because I understand the constitution, and I understand that law abiding people, especially law abiding gun owners, don't commit crimes with their guns? Law abiding people use their guns many times a year for protection, and I support it, as do most police officers. Sorry you disagree with the majority of LEOs out there.
Johnny Appleseed, Sr. April 03, 2012 at 06:50 PM
And again, Nassau Slave, Dave and I are not the same person. Again, embarrasing yourself.
Johnny Appleseed, Sr. April 03, 2012 at 07:51 PM
By the way, what can be done to have Schimel impeached / recalled? Any elected official who tramples the Constitution that they have sworn to protect should be legally removed from Office. I'm not going to pretend to know the laws for doing this in NY, so I am reaching out to all of you who may know the legal procedures. If this is a legal option in NY, then we should set our minds to making it a reality.
casey rybeck April 03, 2012 at 11:10 PM
"Common sense" legislation? Absolutely nothing makes sense about this bill. Anyone with any "common sense" will see right through this ridiculous bill, and know that no crime will be solved or deterred by it. These people are living in a fantasy world!! They need to simply act on the existing laws, instead of just making new laws, so everybody will just "feel safer" every time something bad happens. This is the same as telling people that all is well, just to make them "feel" comfortable while the ship is sinking.

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