Microstamping: what you should know


Last week, the California state Department of Justice announced that a 2007 law was about to be enforced.

The “microstamping” act requires every new handgun produced or brought into the state to be equipped with a special firing pin that will stamp an indelible serial number onto the primer of a round.

In theory, if the weapon is used during the commission of a crime, the spent brass can be examined with a microscope and tracked to the handgun that fired them.

In the reality, however, the law becomes another de facto gun ban, since no manufacturer has plans to produce the special firing pins and install them in their pistols. micro

Microstamping proponents don’t realize that normal wear will reduce the firing pins ability to imprint the serial number onto the primer.

Also, any criminal with a small file can render the technology useless in seconds.

According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, such a firing pin would increase the retail cost of the pistol by as much as $200.

NSSF has peer-reviewed studies showing that the microstamping technology does not work

Here’s about the best fact sheet I’ve seen on microstamping.


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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

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