For Immediate Release
August 28, 2020
Samantha Kupferman, West End Strategy Team
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Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Applauds Passage of California Microstamping Bill, Urges Governor to Sign
WASHINGTON — Today, the California State Senate passed AB 2847, a bill that strengthens the state’s existing Unsafe Handgun Act (UHA) and ensures that new models of firearms sold in California incorporate microstamping technology. The bill will soon head to Governor Newsom, who has signaled his support for the measure.
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) has been a longtime advocate of this technology, which provides law enforcement with the tools to quickly link cartridge cases found at the scene of a crime to a specific firearm. This enables police to trace a gun without ever physically recovering it. A traced firearm is a valuable lead in a criminal investigation, because investigators can then connect that weapon to its first purchaser, who may become either a suspect or a source of information helpful to the investigation.
For more information and resources on microstamping, visit csgv.org.
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Director of State Affairs Jen Pauliukonis issued the following statement in response to the bill’s passage:
“The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence thanks Assemblymember Chiu, Senators Jackson and Weiner, and all of their colleagues who came together to pass this vitally important bill. Once again, California demonstrates its national leadership by taking this bold step to protect public health and curb gun violence. If widely adopted, microstamping could help law enforcement solve more gun crimes and identify firearm trafficking channels.
“In many cities across California, fewer than half of all gun homicides are solved, leaving victims and families without closure. Microstamping technology has the potential to help identify gun trafficking channels, resolve unsolved murders, and hopefully provide closure for victims and survivors of gun violence.
“Since California first led the way in passing microstamping requirements in 2007, the gun lobby has been able to blunt its effectiveness by refusing to offer new models for sale in California. Though CSGV stands by the original requirements, we believe AB 2847 is an important step forward, one that will incentivize manufacturers to adopt microstamping technology, spur competition between manufacturers, and reward manufacturers that bring microstamped firearm models to market.
“AB 2847 now moves to the governor’s desk. CSGV urges Governor Newsom to demonstrate his leadership on this important issue by signing AB 2847 into law, and to encourage other state leaders to take similar action to protect public health.”
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About the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Founded in 1974, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is the nation’s oldest gun violence prevention organization. We believe gun violence should be rare and abnormal. CSGV develops and advocates for evidence-based solutions to reduce gun injury and death in all its forms.