Brady California President, Mattie Scott, will testify this morning before the California Assembly in favor of AB2847, the bill titled Firearms: Unsafe Handguns.
We are proud to be the sponsor of this bill, authored by longtime Brady champion, Assemblymember David Chiu. The legislation is designed to strengthen the existing Unsafe Handgun Act (UHA) which mandated manufacturers to produce handguns that stamp microscopic characters that are linked to the handgun’s make, model, and serial number onto each fired shell casing.
AB 2847 eases compliance by requiring that newly developed semiautomatic pistol models etch microstamping characters on one place on the interior of the firearm, as opposed to two. Additionally, AB 2847 furthers implementation of the new UHA requirements by directing the Attorney General to remove three previously grandfathered handgun models from the roster for each new compliant handgun model that is introduced.
Microstamping technology will significantly improve law enforcement’s ability to identify shooters and gun traffickers, apprehend them before they do more harm, and hold them accountable. Incorporating other UHA design safety standards in more handguns sold in California would also help prevent accidental shootings.