We’ve already written about Remington’s threat to “reconsider its commitment to the New York market altogether” if microstamping becomes law in the Empire State. The State Legislature seems thoroughly unimpressed. They passed the microstamping bill yesterday by a comfortable 79-52 margin. If it passes the Senate, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s already indicated he’ll sign it into law. But don’t worry, it won’t be a burden to New York gun owners . . .
That’s the fertilizer Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was freely applying after the vote, anyway.
Silver and (bill sponsor Michelle) Schimel noted that this bill will not place any restrictions on lawful gun ownership or impair access to the lawful purchase of weapons. The certification process called for in the bill is entirely industry based. The manufacturers of semiautomatic handguns will incur minimal costs to adopt this technology.
If you’ve read any of Bruce Krafft’s exhaustive takedowns of the unproven, easily defeated kabuki that is microstamping, you can imagine just how fragrant the halls of the capitol must have been once Speaker Silver was finished applying that steaming load of misinformation about the effects of the measure.
So given the legislature’s apparent determination to play to New York’s vocal anti-gun constituencies (and their apparent disregard for a couple of thousand tax-paying jobs), the resolve of companies such as Remington, Kimber and Henry may soon be put to the test. Will they put a significant amount of money where their threats to move have been and follow through if microstamping happens? Watch this space.