Friday, February 25, 2011

Microstamping in Massachusetts - it was only a matter of time

Just got word from the NRA, Representative Linsky of Natick is introducing a microstamping bill, as follows:
(B) All semiautomatic firearms as defined in Chapter 140 Section 21 manufactured or delivered to any licensed dealer within the commonwealth shall be capable of microstamping ammunition.

(C) For purposes of subparagraph (B), a firearm is capable of microstamping ammunition if –

(i) a microscopic array of characters that identify the make, model, and serial number of the of the firearm is etched into the breech face and firing pin of the firearm; and

(ii) when ammunition is fired from the firearm, the characters are copied from the breech face and firing pin onto the cartridge case of the ammunition.

It's not surprising.  It's just the latest attempt to reduce supply.  They know many manufacturers won't bother with such a stupid requirement, so they won't ship to MA anymore.  That's what the politicians want. 

It looks like the law is impossible to comply with as written, since the firing pin would have to imprint markings on the case.  I would like to invite Rep. Linsky to my basic pistol class where he will learn that this is not physically possible in a centerfire gun. 

Looks like we may be up for a big political fight.  Stay alert, guys. 

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