“Microstamping has the potential to help law enforcement quickly and effectively solve gun-related crimes while limiting negative interactions with law enforcement, especially in minority communities.”
– Assistant Police Chief Orrin Gallop, Hampton Police Department, Virginia
Microstamping is a powerful crime-solving tool that can help law enforcement quickly solve gun crimes, build trust, and prevent gun violence within communities most impacted by unsolved shootings and daily gun violence. While microstamping could be incorporated into firearms today, so far manufacturers have refused to produce firearms equipped with this crime-solving technology.
Microstamping technology utilizes lasers to make microscopic engravings on the firing pin of a gun, which stamps a code identifying the weapon’s serial number onto the cartridge when the gun is fired. The ability to trace a firearm is invaluable in a criminal investigation, as it may connect the weapon used in a crime to its first purchaser, who may become either a suspect or a source of information. Microstamping technology promises to revolutionize the way law enforcement officials investigate homicides and other gun crimes.
This reliable, easy-to-implement technology can be mass produced and incorporated into all new semi-automatic handguns today.
Our sister organization, the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence, released a new report on the power of microstamping.
Microstamping: A Technology to Help Solve Gun Crimes and Reduce Violence provides an in-depth look into the powerful potential of microstamping technology.
This report will illuminate microstamping’s potential to help mitigate the converging crises of gun violence and policy legitimacy, engendering greater trust in law enforcement by increasing the percentage of gun crimes that are solved.
Fact Sheet: Microstamping Myths Debunked
Fact Sheet: California Microstamping Bill AB 2847
Ed Fund Memo: Microstamping Technology: Precise and Proven
Ed Fund Report: Cracking the Case: the Crime-Solving Promise of Ballistic Identification (2004)
Ed Fund Report: Microstamping: A Technology to Help Solve Gun Crimes and Reduce Violence (2021)
September 2020 op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle, California gun law on microstamping can help solve crimes. Industry must accept it.
December 2019 article in Police Chief Magazine, Intentional Firearm Microstamping: A Technology to Help Solve Gun Crimes and Reduce Violence