Legislative Bill Seeks to Assist Law Enforcement via Bullet-Tracing Technology
There was a California bill awaiting approval that would restrict gun manufacturers to only creating bullets that had two imprints via microstamping technology that would show the make and model and serial number in order to assist law enforcement if a weapon was used in a crime.
Due to the difficulty of imprinting two stamps on a bullet and other legal reasons, this bill has been on standby for more than ten years.
“On Monday, Assemblyman David Chiu introduced AB2847, which would require that semiautomatic pistols sold in the state leave a single unique imprint on bullets that are fired — rather than two, as currently required.”
There is another reason besides assisting law enforcement that Assemblyman Chiu looks forward to passing this bill. From the current handguns that are sold in California, the state attorney general will remove three gun models everytime a new one is introduced. This will cause unsafe guns to slowly disappear.
“But the law has not yet had any practical effect: It was delayed for years as the state waited for a patent held by the inventor of the technology to expire. Then, in 2014, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a gun industry trade group, and others went to court to challenge the standards that they said could never be met.”
What are your thoughts on this? Do you think this bill will pass?