SACRAMENTO, CA. (AP) – Gunsmiths’ advocates are making a new attempt to force the gun industry to comply with a unique California law that requires individual identification on all bullet casings, a mandate that has been in place since 2007.
The law requires gun manufacturers to adopt micro-stamping technology on new types of guns introduced in California.
The aim was to print a unique set of microscopic marks on the shell casings of all the cartridges when firing, attaching the cartridge casings to the weapons they dropped.
Gun manufacturers have stated that the technology is unreliable, and no new models of weapons have been introduced in the state since the law was passed to circumvent the law.
The new legislation envisages expanding the law to include weapons used by law enforcement, which are currently released. It is believed that the entry of police into the market will force manufacturers to improve technology so that they can sell weapons to law enforcement officers.
The bill will be added to the law by Co-founder of the Legislative Working Group on the Prevention of Arms Violence, a member of the Democratic Assembly, Jesse Gabriel, from 2023 onwards.
“The main priority here is to really overcome the stubbornness of the arms manufacturers,” Gabriel told the Associated Press. “They resisted at every step.”
Mark Oliva, a spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, an association of the shooting industry, said microprocessing was “an impractical technology.”
He can fire up to 10 rounds of ammunition to combine a single digital identifier that can detect a firearm.
“On paper, it looks great, but it can’t stand it. “Everything he is doing is violating the rights of law-abiding citizens, making firearms inaccessible to them,” Oliva said.
Moreover, he said, the technology could be easily overcome by grinding the micro-stamp from the barrel like criminals are now erasing the serial numbers of weapons.
As a result, Oliva said. “I do not see how this will help solve the crime or solve the criminal misuse of weapons.”
Oliva said the microcomputers would eventually get lost in the shooting, as law enforcement officers could fire thousands of shots with their service weapons only while training.
California passed a law last year that reduced the requirement for two micro-frames on each case by one, and advocates cited legal amendments that the industry said could meet that standard. Another bill this year will meet the requirement of two stamps until July 2022.
The Gun Endowment Education Foundation, affiliated with the Gun Endowment Coalition, released a report last month that discusses the technology that can be used to attach bullet casings found at crime scenes to firearms without the need to restore weapons.
But gun rights groups are challenging California law before the same federal judge who has already lifted the state ban on ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition; to the United States. District Court of Appeal. San Diego District Attorney Roger Benitez is also considering lifting the ban on the use of assault weapons.
In addition to the micro-coding requirement, the groups oppose a law requiring the state to remove three pistol models from its approved list for each new model sold in California from July 1, 2022. It will continue to stifle consumer choice by violating the constitutional rights of gun owners, the lawsuit claims.
One of the plaintiffs, Brandon Combs, chairman of the Firearms Policy Coalition, said: “We do not see a chance that law enforcement will allow the government to force them to follow the same rules as citizens.”
No other state in the United States has a microfinance law or law enforcement requirement, but Gabriel says the state with the most population that requires technology for law enforcement needs to change that.
“We are going to create a market for small arms. There are 86,000 law enforcement officers in the state of California. “People are going to sell themselves, they want to compete in that market,” said Gabriel. “This is technology that benefits law enforcement, which will help them in their investigations.”
And while police shootings are under new scrutiny, gun violence advocacy advocates, Brady’s campaign և his young daughter team Enough to say that microcomputers will help investigations և show extra transparency whenever officers fire their weapons.
Associations representing sheriffs, police chiefs and privates said they were reviewing the proposed legislation.