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Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence: Senator Kennedy and Congressman Becerra Praised for Introduction of Bill to Help Police Solve Gun Murders

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 11, 2008
11:59 AM

CONTACT: Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
Communications: (202) 898-0792

 
Senator Kennedy and Congressman Becerra Praised for Introduction of Bill to Help Police Solve Gun Murders
 

WASHINGTON, DC - February 11 - Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, issued the following statement about the National Crime Gun Identification Act, which was introduced in the Senate by Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and in the House by Representative Xavier Becerra (D-CA).

“This legislation will help law enforcement track down armed criminals and solve gun murders.  Our police are working harder than ever to catch criminals and keep them behind bars, yet about 40 percent of homicides go unsolved.  Giving police tools like microstamping to help them do their jobs is the common sense thing to do.  

“Last year, California passed a bill to take advantage of this new microstamping technology. Governor Schwarzenegger signed that legislation into law.  I want to commend Senator Kennedy and Congressman Becerra for introducing these bills to put this technology to work nationwide.”


The bills introduced on February 7,2008 would require that all semiautomatic pistols sold after January 1, 2010, be equipped with microstamped identifiers. Internal surfaces of the gun etch tiny characters on every fired bullet cartridge, so that officers who find the cartidge at a crime scene can identify the make, model and serial number of the gun from which it was fired. Microstamping is the next generation in ballistics technology that will give police more precise investigative leads to pursue suspects.


As the nation's largest, non-partisan, grassroots organization leading the fight to prevent gun violence, the Brady Campaign, with its dedicated network of Million Mom March Chapters, works to enact and enforce sensible gun laws, regulations and public policies. The Brady Campaign is devoted to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in our communities.

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