A bill introduced by Representative Dan Boren has firearm owners and gun control supporters in a shootout.
The bill suggests a study into firearm microstamping.
Supporters say microstamping would help law enforcement track bullet cartridges back to the weapon. Opponents in Oklahoma say it’s another shot at gun control, and their second amendment right.
Firearm Microstamping is new technology in which a marking is lasered on a firing pin, making the bullet traceable. Guns don’t currently have the pin. But they could. And it could even be mandatory for guns to be retrofitted for the piece.
‘Yeah it would be nice to have the ability for law enforcement to find the bad guys. Bad guys probably aren’t going to use those weapons,” said Medlock Firearms Manager Brad Wells.
Representative Dan Boren introduced the bill which would require a study up on microstamping. The study would determine whether or not microstamping is cost effective.
Gun control supporters say police could pick up the empty cartridges left at a crime scene and run the stamp in a database.
The database would then link the bullet to the gun… and the gun owner. Which supporters say could help investigators solve crimes.
But Medlock Firearms manager Brad Wells says not so fast.
“If you are a criminal, why would you use a firearm that could come back to you? Guns that are used in crimes are stolen firearms,” Wells said.
Wells says just because the casing is traced back to the gun, doesn’t mean it’s traced back to the criminal. And revolvers don’t eject bullet cartridges.
“Bottom line is, it’s just a way to keep citizens law abiding, and bad guys aren’t going to care one way or another,” Wells said.
Source: Tara Vreeland for Newson6.
A bill introduced by Representative Dan Boren has firearm owners and gun control supporters…
by Tactical-Life.com / Oct 20, 2010