Governor Newsom Signs Important Legislation, Sponsored by DA O’Malley, to Fight Gun Violence

New law sponsored by Alameda County DA will compel gun manufacturers to place a unique microstamp on firearms

Governor Newsom has signed legislation cosponsored by the Alameda County District Attorney and the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence to compel the gun industry to comply with gun safety manufacturing regulations. The signing of this legislation means prosecutors will now have additional tools to track down perpetrators of gun crimes. The legislation was authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco).

“This law will have a direct and lasting effect in the fight to end gun violence. California’s cities and neighborhoods are plagued by shootings and AB 2847 provides a smart and realistic tool to identify and prosecute gun crimes. The unique microstamp on each handgun will allow law enforcement and district attorneys to identify criminals and hold them accountable. It is imperative that we do all we can to stop the seemingly endless horror of gun violence in our state,” says DA O’Malley. “I thank Assemblymember Chiu for authoring this legislation, the Brady Campaign for cosponsoring, and the Governor for signing the bill.”

“The gun industry has gone to great lengths to avoid implementing microstamping and other life saving tools in California,” said Assemblymember Chiu. “We finally have a mechanism to hold the industry accountable and reduce gun fatalities. Thank you to Governor Newsom for signing this critical policy that will save lives.”

This legislation marks an improvement to the Unsafe Handgun Act (UHA), a law that passed in 1999 to update regulations and close loopholes in federal gun legislation. The UHA was updated in 2007 to require microstamping in two places on all guns manufactured in California. However, the gun industry has not manufactured any new guns in California since this change, and as such Californians have not benefitted from the safety measures implemented in 2007.

Microstamping involves the imprinting of a unique set of characters on the bullet casing when a gun is fired. This set of characters allows prosecution to trace bullet casings to the firearm and therefore the registered owner of the gun used in the crime. The rule changes implemented in 2007 mandated a microstamp in two locations, which gun manufacturers said would be too arduous to implement. This bill ensures that there is at least one microstamp on guns manufactured and sold in California.

Posted on Sep 30, 2020