So a casing will now be stamped with a signature in California, and this will stop crime how?
The Crime Gun Identification Act (AB 1471) would require all new models of semiautomatic pistols sold in California after 2010 to be microstamped, or microscopically engraved, with their make, model and identification number.Oh I get it now, since most murdering thugs buy their guns legally, fill out the required forms, and cross all the Ts, we can find out who they are. That's not the genius of it though.
Theoretically, the microstamping would be transferred onto the cartridge casing when the handgun is fired, allowing police to match bullet casings found at crime scenes with the gun that fired the bullet.
Critics say the technology is vulnerable to tampering -- the laser engraving can be scratched and altered. And even if the technology does work, it won't prevent criminals from using the stamped guns, critics argue.
Now that these guns will be much more expensive, which won't help drive the black market at all, Mr. legally-acquired-gun-murdering thug, will have a harder time affording such gun. And they say gun control encourages more crime, silly gun-nuts!