Smith & Wesson are trying to shoot for the refusal of incorporating the microstamp with their products. The result in complying with the law is that Smith & Wesson products would slowly but surely fall off the shelves as they become illegal to sell. The diminishing of semiautomatic pistols increases as these laws come into play.
The purpose of microstamping is to support aiding ballistics in identifying suspects in gun-related crimes. Using laser technology, the firing pin and the breach face are engraved with the firearm’s serial number. When shots are fired, the serial number is then engraved by pressurization while leaving a microscopic imprint on the spent cartridges. Once the cartridges are found by the police, forensics can examine them, determining the serial number and therefore, tracking down the suspect.
It is easy to see those who are supportive of gun control may be in favor of the microstamping law. Those who are supportive of gun rights, constitutionalists, are the ones who would disagree with this process. It may not be the fact that microstamping may possibly aid in finding criminals of gun-related crimes that turn people off about the law. Being supportive of the refusal for microstamping, like Smith & Wesson, legislation is more than willing to shoot down the distribution of many types of firearms. Another factor that has people in an uproar is that law enforcement is exempt from having their registered firearms microstamped.
The people who are for microstamping agree that it is headed toward the right direction concerning the aid in fighting crime. It allows law enforcement to track the cases back to the last registered gun owner, and it can help them track illegal gun trade. The ones who are against it believe the true intentions of microstamping are to set more regulations and make more firearms illegal for distributions. The technology has been discussed by both parties and some features were looked at as weaknesses. The cartridges can be traced to the last registered owner, but if the gun had been used by someone else, who may have purchased it legally, the casings would not be traced to that person. This means it would not lead investigators to the correct suspect. The engraving could easily be manipulated or removed. It could be removed simply by purchasing a cheap diamond coated file. Using minimal tools a firing pin can easily be replaces, along with other marked pieces. If money is not an issue, firing rounds continuously may wear it down as well. Also, a criminal who had known that their firearm was microstamped could possibly have the common sense to collect and remove the spent casings after they had committed the crime.
Many people are for Smith & Wesson and aim to back them up during the shoot off between the groups refusal to accept the microstamp and the anti-violence/anti-gun organizations. It will create an unbalanced impact on the company, but they are positive their consumers will support them. It looks like gun owners this year will be taking an interest in the California-compliant revolvers until the case is closed.
By Brittany Varner-Miller