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December 04, 2007
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R.I. officials push for 'microstamping' semiautomatics

Microstamping would be used to more easily match a handgun casings

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly 
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — U.S. senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline and other officials were on hand at the Public Safety Complex to view a demonstration of microstamping, which has opened another front in the long-running national political battle over gun control, according to The Providence Journal.

A bullet casing showing identification codes, or  "microstamping" (at center), is shown through a microscope. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
The mayor, the senators and Police Chief Dean M. Esserman favor legislation that would require manufacturers of semiautomatic handguns to make their weapons leave unique identifying marks on shell casings - microstamping - that would be used to more easily match a casing with the handgun from which it was expended. That information would be a boon to crime-solving, they said.

Cicilline announced that he will reintroduce microstamping legislation that failed in the last session of the Rhode Island General Assembly, the Journal reported.

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