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Legislation Assembly Democrats passed recently that would require all new semiautomatic handguns sold in New York state to be micro-stamped “seems to miss the mark,” Democratic state Assembly candidate Dennis Tarantino said in a press release issued Friday.

Tarantino said the cost of complying with the bill would be an economic hardship, and that it is doubtful the bill, as drafted, would “guarantee public safety.”

The legislation would require all new semiautomatic handguns sold in New York state to be micro-stamped with a unique code that is transferred to shell casings when the gun is fired.

“While the intent of this bill is admirable and generally supported by law enforcement agencies, including the District Attorney’s Association of the State of New York and by urban mayors and downstate legislators, the bill raises technical and economic considerations,” Tarantino said in the press release.

Tarantino’s Republican opponent Dan Stec previously stated his opposition to the legislation on June 25.

Stec issued a press release June 25 criticizing Assembly Democrats for passing legislation earlier in June.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has said requiring the technology will help police officers investigate crimes and will discourage illegal gun sales.

Stec disputes that.

“The Assembly Democrats sponsored and passed this legislation despite evidence that this bill does nothing to prevent or solve violent crime,” Stec said in a press release.

Tarantino said gun manufacturers have threatened to relocate their operations to other states if the legislation is enacted.

Tarantino said the New York State Sheriff’s Association opposes the bill, as currently written.

While the bill passed the Assembly, it did not pass the Senate, and the regular legislative session has ended. It is likely the bill will come up for discussion again next year.

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