Saturday, October 23, 2010

Micro Stamping

An OK legislator has introduced a bill to fund a study into incorporating microstamping into firearms presumably at some point in the future. The NRA has come out in favor of the study. This has some of the more rabid gunnies (and here you thought I was bad) panties in a knot.

I think the study would be useful in that it would let the Dem legislators vote for something that would likely do no harm, if done honestly, and still be able to tell their constituents they're doing something.

Again, done honestly, with close adult supervision, the study would conclude that microstamping is a colossal waste of time and money.

On the other hand, I was at a pistol match today, and to judge by the enthusiasm with which the spent brass was being policed, I'd guess that most of the shooters would pay a bit extra for a mod to their guns that would imprint their names and addresses along with a message like "if found, please return to Fred Gunnobbler, 40 Smith Ln, Freerange CO, 80380".

I mark my brass by painting the rear red using Dykem metal marker, which sticks well enough that it's the last thing removed in the tumbler. This serves a double purpose as I shoot 9x18 Makarov in my CZ, and reload using 9x19 (Luger) brass I find at the range. I trim the cases back 1mm to do this, and if they were used to reload 9x19, would probably yield less than satisfactory results.

1 comment:

Brad K. said...

When I look at what has been done with the so-called science of global warming, I have serious concerns about both microstamping and the study.

For one big, horrible thing, you cannot have microstamping - without the database of all guns and gun owners, without a timely and reliable mechanism for keeping current with every change in ownership to inheritance, theft, pawning, and lending/borrowing.

The next part is the black market that it would create in firing pins and backstreet gunsmithing.

And it still doesn't address forged or black market firing pins, or forged or compromised database information.

After the significant violations of the law regarding the initial background check information, that was require, by law, not to be retained to build a database of gun owners - that information repeatedly turned up in investigations, news reports, and criminal trials. Then they changed the law, abdicating all the promises of Constitutional protection used to get the background check passed.

So, my biggest concern about microstamping has nothing to do with the technology, and everything to do with distrust of the process, it's susceptibility to abuse (by intent?), and the fact that it leans on law abiding citizens, and assumes that if law abiding citizens abide, then it will help against those that don't abide by the law.

Maybe we could keep microstamping limited to police members of the police union. Let's see if it helps internal affairs against crooked cops. That should be a reasonable "real life" study. Let us see how that would fly.