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Washington, DC.- After years of countless delays, the cutting-edge ‘Microstamping’ law in California has recently gone into effect.

The law requires all new semi-automatic handguns to come equipped with technology that stamps each bullet casing with intentional markings that indicate the make, model and serial number of the firearm.

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The legislation, authored by former Assembly Member Mike Feuer, was signed into law in 2007 by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, but the implementation was delayed due to patent issues over the years.  The Brady Campaign and its California Chapters were instrumental in securing passage of the legislation and the bill was their top priority in 2007.  The legislation was also supported by 65 police chiefs and sheriffs throughout the state.

“We applaud the leadership of Attorney General Kamala Harris and her commitment to clearing the way for the Microstamping law to take effect,” said Dr. Dallas Stout, President of the California Brady Chapters.  “This law will provide law enforcement with an important tool to track down armed criminals and help solve gun crimes.”

Gun violence prevention advocates will encourage other states to pass their own ‘Microstamping’ laws now that the California’s law has taken effect.

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