Guns

NJ bill requires them in new firearms

TRENTON — Among the gun control measures supported by Gov. Phil Murphy that have been blocked in the Legislature is one that requires micro-stamping technology in new handguns sold in the New Jersey, which makes it easier for police to track bullets back to the gun that fired them.

State officials and activists, including Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin, visited a Newark Police Department shooting range on Tuesday for a demonstration of the technology, which was first invented there is nearly 30 but hasn’t caught on – or maybe she hasn’t been allowed to catch up.

Christian Heyne, vice president of public policy for Brady: United Against Gun Violence, said crime-solving technology has been ready for use for more than a decade and the only barrier to adoption is the gun industry. fire arms.

“We have the technology. We have the ability,” Heyne said. “We just need the courage to put things like this in place so we can prevent tragedies from happening.”

Todd Lizotte, co-inventor of the technology, who is president and CEO of Tac Labs, said lasers are used to mark the firing pin or breech face of a pistol, which then affixes that code to eight. numbers on a bullet casing when a gun is fired. He compared it to a license plate.

“And even a partial code is like a partial license plate,” Lizotte said. “He can still identify the gun.”

The technology was invented in 1993. Lizotte said he was a conservative New Hampshire gun owner and had no problem with police being able to target gun traffickers, even in cases where the murder weapon itself is not found at the scene.

Platkin said micro-stamping is like etching a VIN on car windows to deter theft and doesn’t understand opposition.

“I recognize Second Amendment rights. No one here is denying it,” Platkin said. “You don’t have a Second Amendment right to shoot someone and get away with it. You don’t have the Second Amendment right to obstruct law enforcement investigations.

Senate Majority Leader Teresa Ruiz, D-Essex, said the debate is not about equipment, it’s about human lives. She said it was worth it even though not all guns used in the state are micro-stamped.

“Some people will say: but that won’t be enough,” Ruiz said. “For me, if it saves a life, it’s definitely worth it.”

A bullet casing is examined under a microscope. (Tim Larsen/New Jersey State Police)

A bullet casing is examined under a microscope. (Tim Larsen/New Jersey State Police)

A code is printed on the bullet casing which would allow police to know the details of the gun that fired it, including its model and date of manufacture. (Tim Larsen/New Jersey State Police)

A code is printed on the bullet casing which would allow police to know the details of the gun that fired it, including its model and date of manufacture. (Tim Larsen/New Jersey State Police)

Michael Symons is the Statehouse Bureau Chief for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey

A trip to New Jersey doesn’t have to be just the beach. Our state has incredible trails, waterfalls and lakes to enjoy.

From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to New Jersey’s hidden gems, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it’s a great workout.

Before you hit the trails and explore some of the suggestions from our listeners, I have a few tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.

If you descend and encounter an uphill hiker, pull to the side and give the uphill hiker some space. An uphill hiker has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.

Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless marked as an official trail, avoid them. Going off the trail, you risk damaging the ecosystems around the trail, the plants and wildlife that live there.

You also don’t want to disturb any wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.

Cyclists must yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also give in to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you’ll encounter on New Jersey trails.

If you plan to take your dog on your hike, they must be on a leash and be sure to clean up all pet waste.

Finally, pay attention to the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it’s probably best to save your hike for another day.

I asked our listeners for their suggestions on the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions: