Develop a culture where criminals are protected, police is to be destroyed and citizens cannot defend themselves and you get a rise in violent crime that is making your base thinking about voting for somebody else.

The solution: MICROSTAMPING!

The legislation requires that new semiautomatic pistols either manufactured by or delivered to any licensed firearms dealer in New York be microstamp-ready. Microstamping is a new technology that puts an identifiable code, usually a series of numbers and letters, on the cartridge casing each time the gun is fired. Law enforcement can then use that code to identify the make, model and serial number of the pistol, without needing to recover any other evidence, such as the gun or bullets themselves and connect the cartridge case directly to the gun that fired it, much like the license plate on a vehicle allows law enforcement to identify the vehicle’s make, model and VIN code.

Tiny type, major impact on NYC’s gun violence – New York Daily News (

Microstamping comes in two flavors: A firing pin that leaves a coded imprint in the primer and a barrel with a camber grooved with a code. Both codes are unique to the firearm and both have been tried again and again and failed miserably.

Millions of dollars later, Maryland has officially decided that its 15-year effort to store and catalog the “fingerprints” of thousands of handguns was a failure.

Since 2000, the state required that gun manufacturers fire every handgun to be sold here and send the spent bullet casing to authorities. The idea was to build a database of “ballistic fingerprints” to help solve future crimes.

But the system — plagued by technological problems — never solved a single case. Now the hundreds of thousands of accumulated casings could be sold for scrap.

Maryland scraps gun “fingerprint” database after 15 failed years – Baltimore Sun

Once again: In fifteen years not a single case was solved. That is why the idea of microstamping went under fast and deep.  It is only being resuscitated because the Gun Control idjits think we have forgotten the Maryland fiasco and they can make brownie points with their constituents by appearing tough on criminals (law abiding gun owners and gun companies are the real criminals in their eyes, not the actual violent offenders free on no-bail.)

The other issues is that we are not in the year 2,000. Gun ownership has exploded ever since and one single state no longer is a make or break proposition for a gun manufacturer. A government can impose a series of impossible demands on guns and the manufacturers can simply ignore them because the market will absorb whatever temporary deficit they may have by not selling to that state. This is the same policy they tried to do via Law Enforcement purchases till they realized the sales to some localities amounted a day’s or week’s worth of guns in the real world.

I am no planning to lose any sleep over this. In fact, this post is way too much work for such an useless proposition being resurrected for failure once again.


Hat Tip Royko (again, the lazy bastard has me as his writer now 🙂 )

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By Miguel.GFZ

Semi-retired like Vito Corleone before the heart attack. Consiglieri to J.Kb and AWA. I lived in a Gun Control Paradise: It sucked and got people killed. I do believe that Freedom scares the political elites.

6 thoughts on “It must be getting close to Midterms: Microstamping Season is once again upon us.”
  1. Well, it took the Canucks spending over a BILLION dollars on a failed gun registration system before they finally gave it up…

    1. Steve,

      Now Justin and Jagmeet want to bring it back. No idea or practice can be too stupid or too failed, that a Progressive /Liberal /Democrat /Socialist /Communist would not want to bring it back again and again. especially if it gives them more Government Power and Coercion. Hell, they are still saying “True Communism” was never tried.

  2. And – as I would surmise is most probably the case – it’s done with a stolen gun, then, this is about as much help as the gun’s serial number would be in finding the killer. (AKA not much.)
    Where it would help, maybe, is where the crime was one of passion (e.g. spouse comes home, finds other spouse in a compromising condition, and shoots everybody). But again in a case like that, do you really need to trace the gun to figure out what happened?

  3. If you rub the firing pin over a pebble, is the microstamp gone? 🙂
    That other article was interesting. It’s fascinating how people push the cult belief that these “fingerprints” are “unique” without any evidence. (For that matter, how good is the evidence that actual fingerprints, of human fingers, are unique?)

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