Unintended Consquenses of Bad Gun Laws- Microstamping
New York Democrat Michelle Schimel keeps proposing a state bill to microstamp ammunition. Shame on her. The theory is that the brass case in a cartridge will be uniquely stamped as the gun fires. Let us say this works perfectly. Ignore the fact that I could eliminate these tool stamps from a firearm in a few minutes and I am not a gunsmith. Imagine that microstamping worked exactly as designed. Ignore the fact that revolvers don’t leave their brass at the scene of a crime. Yeah, the idea of microstamping is stupid, but drink the Koolaid with me and pretend it all works just fine for a minute.
I’ve left brass everywhere. I’ve buckets of spent brass in the garage. It is from my firearm, from my friends firearms.. and from every person who shot on that hillside and did not pick up their brass. The idea behind microstamping is that criminals will leave a unique fingerprint at the scene of a crime.. except that I and every honest shooter has left spent brass all over the planet! What does it mean if my spent brass ends up at a crime scene? Imagine you left a unique fingerprint on every penny you ever touched. What does it mean if a penny with your mark was found at the scene of a crime? It doesn’t mean a thing!
Registering the microstamp from a firearm doesn’t put the person at the scene of a crime. Anyone who shoots will leave thousands of these microstamped calling cards all over the state. I wonder if I could collect some of the microstamped cases from a politicians gun. Hmm. Anyway, the fact that the regulations won’t help law enforcement solve crimes simply doesn’t matter to the politicians proposing more gun regulation.
The legislation is proposed again and again for several reasons. One is that some people will believe anything. I could get campaign donations if I said that pink guns don’t commit crimes and I sponsor legislation that guns must be painted pink. Next year I’ll cite new research and propose guns with blue dots on them. There is a political sucker born every pink and blue minute.
Microstamping will require a state bureaucracy to register the unique microstamp of each firing pin. That creates jobs for unionized state workers that make campaign contributions. Microstamping will allow the state of New York to charge gun owners extra fees to cover the increased cost of registration. Guess who else likes microstamping.
Microstamping will keep New York gun owners from buying firearms that are not registered and equipped to microstamp. Large gun companies like this because regulation is proportionally harder on small firms than on large firms. The state will drive some gun companies from the New York marketplace. (Where is the office of consumer protection on this bill?) Self-defense prohibitionists like this because it keeps some guns away from citizens and it raises the cost to every gun owner. That is a two-for-one benefit, so any excuse will do for the anti-gun crowd. We don’t need to appeal to stupidity to explain political behavior when ordinary self-serving greed explains what we see in the legislature.
Those are enough reasons for the ineffective and costly bill to appear each year. The legislation will appear next year until the citizens of New York get tired of their cheap politicians. Some politicians would rather have a government job than do the people’s business. Shame on us for voting them into office.
California is no better when it comes to firearms regulation, but our brand of greed takes longer to explain.
Robert the indignant