Last week, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill that makes California the first state in the union to require all new semiautomatic handguns to come equipped with “microstamping” – when a gun is fired, the shell casing will be stamped with the make, model and serial number of the gun.
This means shell casings can be traced back to the gun’s owner. According to the LA Times, 70% of all new handguns sold in the Golden State are semiautomatic, and 45% of all homicides are left unsolved because of lack of evidence. This bill hopes to close the evidence gap.
One wonders why the gun lobby was so vehemently opposed to this bill. It doesn’t restrict or prevent anyone from buying a gun. The NRA says the bill has “unintended consequences,”like making guns more expensive. That seems like a bs reason. If “guns don’t kill people, people kill people,” then, let’s arrest those people, people—not protect the identity of murderers.