A lot. Sometimes it's the bad laws you don't have that you appreciate the least. I think we can all imagine how much worse things could be. Last I knew, we still don't have a microstamping law. Why is that?
NRA unloads $217G to N.Y. pols
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
ALBANY - The National Rifle Association has taken aim at New York, doling out more campaign donations in the Empire State over the last nine years than in any other in state in the nation.
The prime target: defeating Mayor Bloomberg's push for microstamping of bullet casings, which backers say would be an effective crimefighting tool.
Since 2003, the NRA has reported giving New York legislators and political committees $217,400 - the organization's largest outlay over that period.
I don't think microstamping would have passed even without the NRA. Is that 217K since 2003? Please tell me it's $217 million
""The purpose of this bill is honorable. However, the technology and execution of microstamping is fundamentally flawed. This measure presumes a crime will be committed with legally-obtained and New York State-manufactured and sold firearms. The means criminals have at their disposal to circumvent microstamping vastly outweigh any belief that microstamping will succeed where the New York Combined Ballistic Identification System (CoBIS), which also catalogued spent shell casings to the specific firearm, absolutely failed," said Burling
"Twelve years of unsuccessful attempts to connect shell casings found at a crime scene to a specific firearm under CoBIS have drained resources, funding and staff power from the state and local law enforcement agencies. Microstamping would only continue this failed system. In fact, microstamping would not account for shells fired from revolvers, significantly increase manufacturing costs for our New York State firearm manufacturers like Remington Arms and Kimber, and effectively ban any out-of-state or international firearms from being purchased by law-abiding citizens for recreation or personal defense," said Burling.
"Remington Arms has said it will leave this state if it is forced to make the significant and costly changes to its assembly lines necessary to incorporate microstamping. This bill doesn't fight crime; it effectively takes firearms out of the homes of law-abiding citizens and destroys a viable New York State industry," said Burling."
No elected official wants to be responsible for losing jobs due to a law that would not ever work.