In response the recent spate of gun violence in New York City, in which 25 shootings occurred in 48 hours, TV station New York 1 sought out NYAGV Executive Director Leah Gunn Barrett.  Barrett reiterated the need for stronger federal gun laws, including universal background checks, as well as microstamping technology to help police identify crime weapons and catch criminals.

Eleven-year-old Tayloni Mazyck, shot and wounded in Brooklyn.

Eleven-year-old Tayloni Mazyck, shot and wounded in Brooklyn.

Microstamping technology stamps a unique code onto shell casings every time a semi-automatic pistol is fired. The semi-automatic pistol is the gun criminals use most and the unique code provides an easy-to-follow link back to the original purchaser of the weapon.  Police officers and forensics experts use shell casings found at crime scenes to help identify suspects but without microstamping their results are very limited. Without modern forensic tools like microstamping, law enforcement is hamstrung in trying to solve gun crimes. And without the ability to solve gun crimes, thousands of violent gun-toting criminals remain on the streets of New York with their guns, putting us all at risk.

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