76th Annual  Meeting
The U.S. Conference of Mayors
76th Annual Meeting
June 20-24, 2008
Miami

2008 ADOPTED RESOLUTIONS

MICROSTAMPING: IN SUPPORT OF EFFORTS TO FIGHT ILLEGAL GUN TRAFFICKING AND INCREASE THE ABILITY OF LAW ENFORCEMENT TO CLOSE GUN RELATED CASES

WHEREAS, in 2005, the national clearance rate for homicide cases was only 62 percent and over 3,000 gun homicide cases went unsolved; and

WHEREAS, in approximately half of gun homicide investigations a spent cartridge casing, but not a firearm, is recovered at the crime scene; and

WHEREAS, currently deployed national ballistic identification systems cannot identify the serial number of a gun unless the gun itself has been recovered; and

WHEREAS, the serial number of a firearm allows investigators to access the existing crime gun trace database and identify the first purchaser of the firearm; and

WHEREAS, information from completed crime gun tracing is an important element utilized by COMPSTAT and other crime analysis systems; and

WHEREAS, firearm microstamping is an evolutionary technology that allows law enforcement to identify the serial number of a crime gun from an expended cartridge and enter the trace datasystem without having recovered the gun; and

WHEREAS, microstamping has been proven to make unique and consistent markings through thousands of rounds of testing; and

WHEREAS, microstamping will cost less than a few dollars a gun to implement; and

WHEREAS, law enforcement should have all the tools necessary to investigate gun trafficking, close gun-related cases and protect the public,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors calls on Congress to enact the National Crime Gun Identification Act of 2007 (S. 2605/H.R. 5266) sponsored by Senator Edward M. Kennedy and Representative Xavier Becerra that would require all new semi-automatic firearms manufactured or sold after January 1, 2010 to be microstamp-enabled.