FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 11, 2020
Andrew Patrick, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
California Microstamping Bill Passes California Assembly
Today, the California State Assembly passed AB 2847, which will encourage firearm manufacturers to incorporate microstamping technology into all models of semi-automatic handguns sold in California. Microstamping technology allows law enforcement to quickly link cartridge cases found at the scene of a crime to a specific firearm. For the past 15 years, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has been advocating for gun makers to implement microstamping technology and has encouraged California’s policymakers to adopt requirements for such technology.
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Director of State Affairs Jen Pauliukonis issued the following statement:
“The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence helped pass microstamping requirements in 2007, but the gun lobby’s refusal to offer new models of semi-automatic handguns for sale in California has blunted the technology’s effectiveness in solving gun crimes. With today’s passage of AB 2847, this life-saving technology is one step closer to reality in the nation’s most populous state.
“California experiences an average of 1,361 firearm homicides each year. The majority of this violence is concentrated in a handful of cities and is exacerbated by low homicide clearance rates. In many of these California cities, less than half of all gun homicides are solved, leaving victims and families without closure. This technology has the potential to help identify gun trafficking channels, resolve unsolved murders, and hopefully provide closure for victims and survivors of gun violence.
“Thank you to Assemblymember Chiu and members of the Assembly who worked so hard in passing this important legislation. We strongly encourage the California Senate to take action by passing AB 2847 and sending it to the governor’s desk.”