Remington Takes On NY Microstamping Law
The Daily Caller has obtained a copy of the letter of protest sent from Remington Arms to NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Here are the contents of that letter:
Stephen P. Jackson, Jr.
Chief Strategy & Acquisition Integration Officer
March 16, 2012
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, New York 12224
Dear Governor Cuomo:
Remington Arms Company, LLC with more than 1,000 employees in Ilion, N.Y., manufacturing rifles, Shotguns and pistols for our nation’s men and women in military, law enforcement, hunters, shooters and law/-abiding citizens – stands in opposition to legislation (Assembly budget proposal) that would mandate firearms microstamping. Microstamping is a patented process that micro-laser engraves the make, model and serial number on the tip of the gun’s firing pin so that, in theory, it imprints that information on discharged cartridge cases.
Despite rumors to the contrary, Remington does not microstamp firearms for the U.S. Military. This is a blatant mistruth propagated by a supporter of microstamping in an attempt to generate momentum for his unpopular cause.
Three independent studies to examine the sole-sourced concept of firearms microstamping have concluded that the would-be technology should not be mandated.
Results obtained by researchers at the University of California at Davis and the National Academy of Sciences echo those of an earlier independent, peer-reviewed study published by New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice Professor George Krivosta. Professor Krivosta conclusively established that microstamping technology is unreliable, does not function as the patent holder claims and can be easily defeated in seconds using common household tools.
Mandating Firearms microstamping will restrict the ability of Remington to expand business in the Empire State. Worse yet, Remington could be forced to reconsider its commitment to the New York market altogether rather than spend the astronomical sums of money needed to completely reconfigure our manufacturing and assembly processes. This would directly impact law enforcement, firearms retailers and consumers throughout New York- if not the entire country.
Of course, passage of microstamping would also hurt New York taxpayers, who would be forced to foot the bill for expensive scanning electron microscopes and software necessary to read the firearms make, model and serial number.
Hurting businesses and tax payers to support a concept that has been proven flawed is ill-conceived.
As strong supporters of law enforcement, we urge you to reject this legislation- -legislation that will allocate our state’s already limited financial resources to a crime-fighting concept that does not work. Instead, let’s focus on proven methods for stopping criminals, such as adding more police officers to the streets and more prosecutors to our courts. Surely that’s something we can all support.
Thank you very much for your attention to this matter.
(Signed Stephen P. Jackson)
Stephen P. Jackson, Jr.
Chief Strategy and Acquisition Integration Officer
Remington Arms Company, LLC 0 870 Remington Drive I P.O. Box 700 0 Madison, NC 27025 Phone 800-243-9700 0 www.remington.com