Microstamping Discussion

***MEDIA ADVISORY***
FOR ONLINE EVENT Monday, October 5, 2020
1:00 p.m. PDT; 4:00 p.m. EDT

Media Contact:
Alyson Malinger, West End Strategy Team
amalinger@westendstrategy.com; 917-935-7311

Monday: Online Discussion on Nationwide Impact of California’s New Microstamping Law

Landmark legislation, just signed by California Gov. Newsom, sets a model for other states

WASHINGTON – With California’s new law in place strengthening the state’s existing Unsafe Handgun Act (UHA), firearm manufacturers will be incentivized to incorporate crime-solving microstamping technology into their firearms. Gov. Newsom signed the bill into law on September 29 after it passed the California State Senate on August 28.

To increase understanding of the landmark nature of this new law and to push for the adoption of similar laws in states nationwide, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence will host an online briefing on Monday, October 5, at 1:00 p.m. PDT; 4:00 p.m. EDT.

The new policy 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 provide information helpful to the investigation as well as help identify firearm trafficking channels.

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The briefing will be moderated by Joshua Horwitz, Executive Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

Panelists will include:

  • California State Assemblymember David Chiu, who played a lead role in successfully shepherding the bill through the legislature
  • Mattie Scott, a survivor of gun violence, whose son’s murder remains unsolved, and who is also president of Brady California United Against Gun Violence
  • Amanda Wilcox, Brady California legislation and policy chair
  • Stephan Abrams, a youth activist with Brady’s Team Enough

California is the first state in the country to require the implementation of this technology in new models of firearms. If widely adopted, microstamping could help law enforcement solve more gun crimes and identify firearm trafficking channels.

CSGV has been a leader in advocating for this legislation, working closely with Assemblymember Chiu and other advocates on the ground, including Brady California, to ensure firearm safety.

The briefing is open to the public and the media. Media interested in speaking with panelists should contact Alyson Malinger at amalinger@westendstrategy.com or 917-935-7311.

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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.

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