Albany, N.Y. – 3/20/2012- Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), along with local sportsmen on his Sportsman’s Advisory Council and representatives of the National Rifle Association and the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, hosted a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos to initiate a grassroots strategy to thwart the Assembly’s attempt to include microstamping legislation in the state budget.
“Sportsmen need to prepare for another fight against the extreme luney tunes who are more concerned with turning sportsmen into criminals, rather than locking up real thugs. This is another hair brained Albany scheme that will cost jobs, create a virtual tax on sportsman and turn law abiding firearm owners into criminals. There is not a shred of credible evidence that proves the technology actually works,” Senator Ball said. “There is however evidence out of the Suffolk County Crime Lab in Hauppauge and the University of California-Davis that shows the technology does not work. In order to comply with this law, there would need to be a total redesign of all pistols made over the past 120 years. Can you imagine what that would cost to law abiding sportsman and firearm owners? Certainly not $0.50 per gun as some microstamping supporters believe. This is a back door gun grab by liberal legislators engaged in reverse social engineering, and I won’t vote for a budget that includes it.”
In the meeting, Senator Ball reaffirmed that would he would not vote for a budget that includes microstamping. To Sportsmen, microstamping is an outright assault on the 2nd Amendment, results in a onerous new tax.
“This is a free society and unfortunately in a free society, bad things happen,” said Tom King, President of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA). “If legislators want to talk about these issues, they should be talking about crime and enforcing the laws that are currently on the books that puts actual criminals in jail. I want to thank Senator Ball for putting this meeting together, as well as hosting the first ever New York Sportsmen’s Advisory Council (NYSAC) meeting so we have a chance to sit down and talk about these important issues.”
Also discussed during the meeting was the repeal of the Combined Ballistic Identification System (CoBIS), which was accomplished by the Senate Majority in their budget. This system requires pistol manufactures to send a bullet casing from every gun sold to police, so the gun can be identified if it is involved in a crime. CoBIS is estimated to cost taxpayers $4 million every year, yet it has not solved a single crime since March 2001. Senator Ball is pushing to make sure that CoBIS is permanently derailed, saving taxpayers millions.
“I’d like to thank Senator Ball for his heroic work protecting sportsmen through New York State,” said Putnam County resident Steve Clorofilla. “As sportsmen, it is important we protect our freedom to enjoy the outdoors, New York’s natural resources, and of course our right to protect ourselves.”
For more information, or to speak with Senator Ball please contact Joe Bachmeier at (845) 200-9716.