New York News: March 17, 2012

by Andrew Henderson

Assemblyman Will Barclay is up in arms over language in the proposed Assembly budget bill that would govern gun manufacturers.

The Assembly budget bill A9055C is 73 pages long and includes topics ranging from  disaster preparedness and state contracting as well as microstamping.

Microstamping, Barclay said, is a stand-alone issue. He added it was “ludicrous” that it was included in the budget bill.

Barclay said he opposes microstamping because it would put unnecessary burdens on gun manufacturers and has not proven to be successful.

Microstamping has been a controversial issue in New York for many years.  It would force manufacturers to produce a unique alpha-numeric or geometric code on the firing pin identifying the make, model, and serial number of the pistol.

Manufacturers would bear the cost of implementing this new regulation. The success of this technology is unproven, Barclay said.

Last year, the Assembly passed this measure but the Senate did not.

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