Albany — The state Assembly passed two anti-gun bills May 12,
but the news seemed more about the gun bills that the
Democrat-controlled house didn’t pass.
By an 80-52 vote, the Assembly passed a controversial bill that
would require that all new handguns sold in New York be equipped
with firing pins that allow microstamping of the rounds they
It also passed one that will require the state Division of
Criminal Justice Services to compile an annual report on guns sales
and licenses on a county-by-county and New York City basis.
The Assembly, in a press release, said the report won’t identify
specific gun owners but “will be helpful in informing policy
decisions on whether any further gun legislation might be needed
and whether the current system of licensing is operating as the law
The microstamping bill has been most problematic to Second
Amendment advocates, mainly because the process hasn’t been shown
to prevent or help solve gun crimes.
“We have found from experiences in other states that
microstamping doesn’t work,” said Tom King, president of the New
York State Rifle and Pistol Association.
State Assemblyman Tony Jordan, a Republican from Washington
County who opposed the bills, said he spoke with a state legislator
who has a Remington factory in his district in central New York,
and the company’s take was that the bill would delay production and
cause its production costs to dramatically increase. That increase
would undoubtedly be passed on to gun buyers.
He said the microstamping bill is simply one of many that
Assembly Democrats have introduced in an effort to “back door”
stricter gun control laws.
They only affect lawful gun owners, not those who use or traffic
illegal guns, he said.
“How many gun crimes are committed by people who lawfully own
the gun?” Jordan asked.
King said he was optimistic that a Senate vote on the
microstamping bill that was scheduled for early June would result
in its defeat.
He said at least three Democratic senators have pledged to vote
against it, which should give Republicans enough votes to overcome
the Democratic majority.
On the positive side for sportsmen and gun owners, a host of
anti-gun bills that were introduced in the Assembly with fanfare in
January failed to make it to the floor for a vote.
Bills that would create civil liability for gun dealers, broaden
the so-called assault weapons ban, expand the controversial “COBIS”
ballistics database and ban gun shows on public property were among
a host of anti-gun bills that failed to make it through this
Jordan said he believed the fact that it’s an election year for
Assembly members contributed to the defeat more than any
educational effort or change of heart on gun laws by the downstate
Democratic legislators who have historically supported them.
“These bills don’t do anything to keep guns out of the hands of
criminals,” he said. “They just make things harder for legal gun
owners and for people to do business in New York.”