Friday, March 9, 2012

Anonymous Shell Casings

From my friend Geraldine Rodriguez via New Yorkers Against Gun Violence


  1. Mikeb, is there any wacko gun law that you don't support? Microstamping won't work. All a criminal has to do is remove the firing pin, run a file over the end of it, and reinsert it. Or the firing pin can be replaced altogether. Problem sovled. Besides, do you imagine that a hundred million gun owners are going to head in to their local police station to buy an approved firing pin?

  2. There are so many problems with teeny tiny stamping, where to begin.
    1. The average time to crime with a firearm is 10-15 years.The investigative benefits wouldn't be realized for that period of time, by then we'll probably be using phazers.
    2. According to the ATF, a trace is only good to the first retail sale. In order for ity bity stamping to be effective, the firearm would have to be used in a crime by the original retail purchaser.
    3. In order for itsy bitsy stamping to be effective, there would have to be national firearm registration.
    4. Microscopic marking would eventually lead to a new criminal enterprise that would no doubt, lead to the regulation of selling used brass.
    5. Peewee stamping is not effective on steel cased ammunition.
    6. Criminals could easily move from using semi-autos to revolvers
    7. Mircromarked brass can easily be dropped at a crime scene by the offender to introduce reasonable doubt.
    8. According to the ATF, over 1/2 of trafficked firearms come from corrupt FFLs without paperwork. Wee etched brass may lead to a corrupt FFL, but not to the criminal actor.

    1. Bill I won't read any further than this.

      "The average time to crime with a firearm is 10-15 years."


    2. So you prefer to ignore facts? Come on, Mikeb, answer the points that we've made. Microstamping doesn't work. Besides, what evidence do you have that Bill's first point was wrong?

    3. I'm not ignoring anything. And I'm not making shit up like Bill. Do you endorse that idea of average time from gun to crime if 10to 15 years, Greg?

      Microstamping is not high on my list of regulations we need, but it might be useful. To answer your question, I don't sign onto the laws restricting suppressors, for one.

    4. I haven't researched the ten to fifteen year claim, so I can't speak to that. The vast majority of gun owners don't commit crimes with their guns, so the numbers may be low. It also strikes me as likely that crime guns get passed around among criminals. I do know, given the design of firearms and cartridge cases, that microstamping won't work.