Friday, May 22, 2009

Public Hearing Set to Determine Microstamping Requirement for Certain Handguns

The Assembly Criminal Justice Committee will be holding a public hearing on Assembly Bill 221 that would create a microstamping requirement for certain handguns purchased in the State of Wisconsin.  Accordingly to State Senator Glenn Grothman & State Representative Scott Suder, (Sue-dher) “microstamping is the process of engraving a firearm’s make, model, and serial number on the tip of the firing pin, so that the information is theoretically transferred to the cartridge when the gun is fired.  However, they state the microstamping can be easily bypassed with a few household tools.  Further they state that gun owners would be forced to pay an additional cost – as much as $200 to cover this unproven tracking mechanism. Forensic experts at University of California-Davis concluded that microstamping was a “flawed technology”.  A public hearing on this Assembly Bill 221 will be held in Madison on Thursday, May 28th at 10am in room 328-NorthWest in the State Capitol.  To share your views you may contact the Wisconsin Legislative Hotline at 1-800-362-9472.