Re: Top Ten Gun Industry Lies About Microstamping
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- Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2007 00:01:46 GMT
On Tue, 16 Oct 2007 17:43:12 -0500, The Lone Weasel
TOP 10 GUN INDUSTRY LIES ABOUT MICROSTAMPING
Despite an extensive disinformation campaign by the gun
industry, microstamping came within a single vote of being
sent to the Governor?s desk during the past legislative
session in California. As legislators around the country
consider implementing microstamping in their own states, we
would like to set the record straight on the technology.
LIE #1: There is ?no support? from California law
enforcement for microstamping technology.
TRUTH: Microstamping is supported by more than 55 police
chiefs, sheriffs and prosecuting attorneys across
California. Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton has
stated, ?I strongly believe microstamping is a valuable tool
that will enhance law enforcement's ability to gather
intelligence and put bad guys behind bars." Microstamping
technology is also supported by California State Attorney
General Bill Lockyer.
OK. Amend that to "There is no honest, knowedgeable support...".
All you have there is a bunch of political hacks with no technical
LIE #2: The technology can be easily defeated ?in seconds?
by criminals using ?common household tools.?
TRUTH: Handguns equipped with microstamping technology
create a redundant system for transferring the make, model
and serial number of a handgun to a cartridge. The system
makes multiple marks and is designed with ?anti-counter
measures? to prevent tampering. Most criminals would not
even know how to find the technology?it is not visible to
the naked eye?never mind defeat it. The firing pin on a
handgun equipped with microstamping technology is nearly as
hard as a diamond and impervious to common household tools.
And if the firing pin were replaced, the redundant markings
would transfer the information to the cartridge.
All of which can be easily removed in less than an hour.
LIE#3: Criminals will gather used microstamped cartridges at
government facilities and private shooting ranges and ?seed?
crime scenes with this false evidence to implicate others
and cover their trail.
TRUTH: There is nothing to stop criminals from taking such
measures now to fool the existing ballistics identification
system in the state (the National Integrated Ballistics
Information Network), but they rarely do, according to law
enforcement officials. Experience shows that most criminals
fail to take even modest precautions, like removing license
plates from a stolen car or wearing gloves during
LIE#4: Microstamping would lead to significant price
increases for firearms consumers, as much as $150 per
TRUTH: Todd Lizotte, the developer of microstamping
technology, has testified that outfitting new semiautomatic
handguns with the technology will cost gun manufacturers
only between 50 cents and one dollar per firearm. The
process is analogous to the current laser processes used to
create micro serial numbers on handguns sold in
Right! As if he is going to contradict the hand that feeds him. He's
as big a liar as you, maggot.
LIE#5: Microstamped cartridges could not be recycled because
they might implicate secondary users of reloaded cartridges.
This would require an expensive and alternative disposal
TRUTH: Trained forensic examiners can easily identify
recycled cartridges and are called on to do so now as part
of their standard operating procedure when investigating gun
crimes. Microstamping technology will not change this
process, and examiners will clearly understand that evidence
from a recycled cartridge could come from two separate
firearms. Standard firearms examination provides for this
type of determination using a series of characteristics,
which include orientation of markings, the use of reload
primers, mismatched bullet/projectiles and powder residue.
No special requirements are necessary.
LIE #6: Implementation of the technology would result in a
ban on all ammunition in California.
TRUTH: Microstamping imposes no requirements on
manufacturers of ammunition. The legislation would impose
manufacturing requirements only on the makers of newly
designed semiautomatic handguns sold in the state after
January 1, 2009.
LIE #7: Microstamping is a sole-source technology that would
create a government-sanctioned monopoly for a single
TRUTH: The patent holder of microstamping technology has
announced that a royalty-free license will be provided to
every firearms manufacturer on guns sold in California.
LIE #8: Microstamping would be ineffective because only a
small percentage of gun crime is committed by criminals
using handguns they purchased legally.
TRUTH: The percentage of gun crime committed by legal versus
illegal handgun owners is not relevant to the effectiveness
of microstamping. Microstamping will help law enforcement
solve crimes committed with new semiautomatic handguns by
providing substantial investigatory links that can aid in
identifying the handgun and the perpetrator in handgun
crimes. Currently, no arrest is made in approximately 45
percent of all homicides in California because police lack
the evidence they need to identify suspects, and of the
approximately 2,400 homicides in California, over 60 percent
are committed with handguns (2004 California Department of
Sorry, halfwit. All microstamping is capable of doing is (possibly)
placing a particular weapon at the scene. It tells you NOTHING about
who fired the shot. This will do NOTHING to lower that 45% figure.
LIE #9: Microstamped markings would be altered by residue
produced by the normal firing of a gun, or by owners
cleaning and caring for their weapons.
TRUTH: Microstamping technology is designed to withstand
even deliberate tampering. The structures created by the
microstamping process are nearly as hard as a diamond.
Normal wear and tear and routine maintenance on a firearm
will have absolutely no effect on the technology?s ability
to mark cartridges.
LIE #10: The technology has not been studied or tested ?in
the real world.?
TRUTH: Independent examiners have fired thousands of rounds
with microstamp-enabled guns and the firearms have continued
to produce a consistent and observable mark. In a May 2006
test at the California Highway Patrol range, California
Assemblyman Paul Koretz was unable to damage the structures
on the firing pin of a microstamped gun using several types
of household files. The results were verified by a firearms
expert at the California Criminalistics Institute.
Produced by the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence,
www.csgv.org, and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun
Wow! The Brady Bunch. That pack of lying scum couldn't tell the truth
to save their lives.
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