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REH
12-23-2009, 6:23 PM
Because I hold a 07 ffl in California, I received a cal from DOJ this afternoon. The lady wanted my email address so they could send info on rule making for the impending microstamp law. There was an attachment and a link. I post the link for you, if that doesn't work I will try to post the attachment.

Attached is the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the proposed changes to the regulations with regard to microstamping (California Penal Code section 12126) . Visit our website at http://ag.ca.gov/firearms/regs/ to view the text of the proposed changes as well as the Initial Statement of Reason. Please distribute accordingly.

ke6guj
12-23-2009, 6:26 PM
Gene mentioned this a week or so. But I do notice that there are 3 PDFs now related to the rulemaking, instead of the 1 that was there before.

wildhawker
12-23-2009, 6:28 PM
Thanks for posting the info; this has been reported here in previous posts and is a function of required process. No need to be concerned about microstamping- not going to happen.

bigger hammer
01-13-2010, 5:23 AM
Got this today in a newletter from Gunbroker.com.

Lou


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California Police Chiefs Association Calls for Firearms Microstamping Study

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- In a recent letter to California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown, the California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) expressed concern over the "hasty implementation" of firearms microstamping in California and called for further in-depth study of the technology before it is implemented by law in California.

In the letter, CPCA Acting President Susan E. Manheimer wrote, "There are too many unanswered questions with microstamping in its current iteration" and raised concerns that "statements about the capabilities of microstamping may have been technologically premature." In 2007, CPCA supported legislation (AB 1471) to require firearms microstamping in California.


Firearms microstamping is the process by which firearms manufacturers would have to micro laser-engrave a gun's make, model and serial number on two distinct parts of each gun, including the firing pin, so that in theory the information would be imprinted on the cartridge casing when the pistol is fired. Legislation mandating microstamping in California was signed into law in 2007 by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Calif.) and was slated to take effect this New Year's Day (2010); however, since the technology remains encumbered by patents it cannot be certified by the California Department of Justice and therefore has not been implemented.

The letter continues, "We support further research of microstamping in light of the new information that has surfaced since California passage of the legislation.Publicly available, peer-reviewed studies conducted by independent research organizations conclude that the technology does not function reliably and that criminals can remove the markings easily in mere seconds. We believe that these findings require examination prior to implementation."


The CPCA also expressed concerns over implementing the technology during a very difficult budget environment and the negative impact on law enforcement budgets which are already under significant pressure.

BroncoBob
01-13-2010, 5:37 AM
Got this today in a newletter from Gunbroker.com.

Lou


__________________________________________

California Police Chiefs Association Calls for Firearms Microstamping Study

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- In a recent letter to California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown, the California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) expressed concern over the "hasty implementation" of firearms microstamping in California and called for further in-depth study of the technology before it is implemented by law in California.

In the letter, CPCA Acting President Susan E. Manheimer wrote, "There are too many unanswered questions with microstamping in its current iteration" and raised concerns that "statements about the capabilities of microstamping may have been technologically premature." In 2007, CPCA supported legislation (AB 1471) to require firearms microstamping in California.


Firearms microstamping is the process by which firearms manufacturers would have to micro laser-engrave a gun's make, model and serial number on two distinct parts of each gun, including the firing pin, so that in theory the information would be imprinted on the cartridge casing when the pistol is fired. Legislation mandating microstamping in California was signed into law in 2007 by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Calif.) and was slated to take effect this New Year's Day (2010); however, since the technology remains encumbered by patents it cannot be certified by the California Department of Justice and therefore has not been implemented.

The letter continues, "We support further research of microstamping in light of the new information that has surfaced since California passage of the legislation.Publicly available, peer-reviewed studies conducted by independent research organizations conclude that the technology does not function reliably and that criminals can remove the markings easily in mere seconds. We believe that these findings require examination prior to implementation."

The CPCA also expressed concerns over implementing the technology during a very difficult budget environment and the negative impact on law enforcement budgets which are already under significant pressure.

Got the exact same email. For all practical purposes this law is dead. Fricken wonderful how laws can be passed before the technology is reliable enough to enforce. Just goes to show how our elected officals are out of touch with the real world.

vantec08
01-13-2010, 6:03 AM
right Bob - - but then a lot of the anti's laws arent designed to be effective, they're designed to make them feel good.

Soldier415
01-13-2010, 6:26 AM
Another emotion based law with no practical function or method of enforcement. The politicians get to pat themselves on the back and a lot of time and money were wasted.

hoffmang
01-13-2010, 7:19 PM
The key line in the microstamping regulation is:


4075 (f) Certification and approval of an alternative method of microstamping technology by the Attorney General shall only be made by notice via regulations adopted by the Attorney General for purposes of implementing the alternative method of microstamping technology.

I find it amusing that Ms. Merrilees placed it at the absolute last line of the proposed regulations (http://ag.ca.gov/firearms/regs/microstampregs.pdf).

-Gene

Bugei
01-14-2010, 7:59 AM
2nd paragraph, page 31:
"(1) That the alternative method of microstamping technology is a method of equal or greater reliability and effectiveness than the method of microstamping described in subdivision (h) of Section 4060 of these regulations based upon findings that (1) the method satisfies the requirements of paragraphs (1) and (2) of subdivision (b) of this section; (2) the method utilizes a unique identifier that can be used to ascertain the serial number of the firing pistol; and (3) the method permits the firing weapon to be identified after examination of the spent cartridge casings through AFS."

What's odd about this is that the prescribed method of microstamping may or may not have had the tests described in the regulations applied to it. In other words, they specify a test for microstamping methods but the legislatively-mandated method might not pass those tests, based on the UC Davis study.

As Sonny Bono would have said (or chanted or grunted): "The beat goes on."