Micro Stamping: Putting an end to gun violence in California? Ha
California has already passed a law where all new weapons will have their firing pins altered with a micro-etching technology that will print on the business end of the firing pin all the data necessary to trace the weapon involved right back to the original purchaser. Five other states are toying with the idea.
When the weapon’s trigger is pulled the firing pin is plunged into the primer of the cartridge leaving a permanent identification of the gun that fired it, namely the make, model and serial number of the firearm. The cartridge after being fired is usually ejected from the gun and may be discovered by crime scene investigators.
The law will not even slow down, much less stop gun violence because the criminal will undoubtedly file away the tiny laser-engraved information marks as soon as he lays hands on the weapon thereby making the plan useless. Normal usage and gun cleaning will also blur the marks beyond usefulness.
With the inevitable blurring of the information, the prosecuter will rely on the crime scene investigating laboratories to enhance his possibly doubtful identification of the weapons owner.
And, of course, good old California plans to declare all weapons not thusly marked to be declared ‘unsafe’ and presumably unusable anytime and anywhere. That could mean weapons existing now.