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June 20, 2012 - 8:23am

Hawley votes against microstamping of ammunition

posted by Howard B. Owens in steve hawley.

Press release:

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,I,C-Batavia) recently voted against an unproven, illogical mandate on firearms producers known as microstamping. The proposal would force manufacturers to develop technology leaving unique imprints on rounds of ammunition, a costly process that would force producers to take their jobs out of state even though the procedure has not been proven to benefit public safety.

“Western New Yorkers know that if there’s anything that out-of-touch downstate politicians love as much as attacking our business owners and job creators, it’s attacking law-abiding gun owners,” Hawley said. “Instead of confronting the fact that gun crimes are, by and large, committed using illegal, unlicensed firearms, the Assembly Majority continues to demonize those of us who rightfully exercise our Second Amendment right.

"To make matters worse, this legislation would price firearms producers out of the state and cost New Yorkers jobs that we cannot afford to lose. No matter how many times this legislation comes to the Assembly Floor, I will continue to stand up against this absurd and unproven proposal.”

Assemblyman Hawley has consistently voted against previous legislation seeking to impose microstamping mandates against firearms producers.

Steph Lay
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What a ridiculous idea! I'm thankful that Assemblyman Hawley has taken a stand against it. It might surprise some who support microstamping that there are quite a few sportsmen who reload their own ammunition and re-use their cases. New and used bullet casings are plentiful. Good luck if they outlawed reloading.

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WTG, Steph. What supporters fail to realize is that I've been known to use a bit of 600 or 800 grit sandpaper on the bolt face and inside the chamber to polish the surfaces after running a few hundred rounds through a given firearm. Would cleaning a firearm be outlawed because it may deface the microstamping? Not a single shooting has been solved with the ballistics fingerprinting submitted by every new pistol sold in NY state. I'm not sure of the dollar amount wasted upon that failed project but you just know it's in the many $millions.

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