Bogus Science: Microstamping

Many anti-gun advocates believe that microstamping, a procedure in which the firing pin of a firearm implants an identifying mark on a spent cartridge—supposedly to aid law enforcement agencies—is a worthwhile endeavor to “reduce crime.”

I think it’s nonsense, but when has that stopped the anti-gun crowd?

But according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the University of California at Davis has re-released its study on firearms microstamping. The results should bear more weight now because it has now been peer-reviewed.

The conclusion?

According to NSSF, the researchers determined, “At the current time it is not recommended that a mandate for implementation of this technology be made. Further testing, analysis and evaluation is required.” Researchers at the university cited another study from the National Research Council (NRC)--an arm of the national academies of engineering and science --that said, “Further studies are needed on the durability of microstamping marks under various conditions and their susceptibility to tampering, as well as on the cost impact for manufacturers and consumers.” The NRC reached this conclusion after a presentation to the study panel by renowned John Jay College of Criminal Justice professor and forensic examiner George Krivosta.

Long story short: it doesn’t work, and trying to implement it will only put an unendurable hardship on manufacturers and consumers alike, which is precisely what the anti-gunners want. Don’t expect the issue to go away, but at least we have solid proof that microstamping is bogus.

-Slaton White