So, while New Hampshire flirts with permit-less Constitutional Carry, legislators across the border in Massachusetts are busy trying to ban all semi-automatic firearms. That would be the effect of House Bill 1561, which mandates that “(B) All semiautomatic firearms as defined in Chapter 140 Section 21 manufactured or delivered to any licensed dealer within the commonwealth shall be capable of microstamping ammunition. (C) For purposes of subparagraph (B), a firearm is capable of microstamping ammunition if – (i) a microscopic array of characters that identify the make, model, and serial number of the of the firearm is etched into the breech face and firing pin of the firearm; and (ii) when ammunition is fired from the firearm, the characters are copied from the breech face and firing pin onto the cartridge case of the ammunition.” Hey homie, hand me that metal file. Actually not. No manufacture would bother building a MA-compliant microstamping gun. So who’s behind this back door gun ban?

David Paul Linsky is the State Representative for the 5th Middlesex House District representing the towns of Natick, Sherborn, and Millis. He was first elected to the seat in 1999. Representative Linsky serves as the Chairman of the House Committee on Post Audit & Oversight and as the House Chair of the Joint Committee on Federal Stimulus Oversight. Prior to joining the State Legislature, Representative Linsky served as Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County for fourteen years, during which he prosecuted hundreds of cases including sexual assault, murder, and white collar crime. He is currently an active practicing trial attorney and a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association. Linsky, a life-long Natick resident, was educated within the Natick Public Schools and is a graduate of Natick High School. He earned his B.A. from Colby College in 1979 and his J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1982. Linsky has three sons.

That’s the official bio on the six-term (i.e. career) politician. I wonder how his work as the House Chairman of the Committee on Federal Stimulus Oversight is going. Email the man here: Rep.DavidLinsky@hou.state.ma.us

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12 Responses to MA 1561 “All semiautomatic firearms as defined in Chapter 140 Section 21 manufactured or delivered to any licensed dealer within the commonwealth shall be capable of microstamping ammunition”

  1. And whats with the two thugs errr workers with hardhats and safety vests?
    There to intimidate, protect the idjit talking or like the usual DOT workers in Minnesota, keeping a careful on on the one or two actually working?

  2. “All semiautomatic firearms as defined in Chapter 140 Section 21 manufactured or delivered to any licensed dealer within the commonwealth shall be capable of microstamping ammunition.”

    I bet Smith and Wesson is happy they’re in Massachusetts.

  3. They try pass this same bill out in California untill realize that ops it was gone work than killed it. Reason was becuase technology there talk about in what want do does not happen be valuable at this time.

  4. No manufacture would bother building a MA-compliant microstamping gun.

    I certainly hope not Robert. But with mercantilism being out of control in our country, how long is it until some gun manufacturer starts making concessions to enable them to suck off the teat of government?

  5. MA compliance is generally the same as CA, but with additional destructive testing. Since MA is a small market, no manufacturer builds a compliant model just for the Kommonwealth. Even Glock — almighty Glock that dominates the pistol market — refuses to bother with MA compliance and sells no guns here. So, yes, this is a backdoor ban.

  6. All semiautomatic firearms as defined in Chapter 140 Section 21 …

    Does that include rifles and shotguns? In NY, rifles and shotguns are not “firearms”.

    There have been repeated attempts to introduce microstamping here in NY. CA already has it. But then again, it doesn’t.

  7. This is a backdoor handgun ban, which will have no effect on gun crimes except to create a new class of criminal: shooters whose well-worn guns no longer leave a clean ‘microstamp’ on fired brass.

    ‘Microstamping’, IIRC, has been shown to be highly ineffective in tracing the use of guns in crime. Any such conspicuous imperfection on the breech of an automatic pistol will quickly be worn smooth by the friction of hundreds or thousands of case heads as the slide moves forward into battery. It *sometimes* works, when guns are very new and the brass is in pristine condition, but what about commercially reloaded brass that’s already been fired through someone else’s gun and picked up at the shooting range?

    Bad guys will learn to polish their guns with 800-grit sandpaper or jeweler’s rouge to prevent so-called ‘ballistic fingerprinting’ anyway. And good guys won’t have to: no microstamping marks on a breech or bolt will survive a crate Wolf or Tulammo steel-cased ammo.

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