While saying he’s still working on a gun-control package, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday it’s unlikely it will include “microstamping” of weapons, even though he supports the concept.
Microstamping involves the stamping of a unique code on a cartridge when it is fired. Democrats in the Senate and Assembly – most notably Assemb. Michelle Schimel (D-Great Neck) – support it, while most Republicans oppose.
Cuomo, in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings, has said he would unveil a gun-control package focusing on semi-automatic weapons some time this month. But Wednesday he indicated that microstamping won’t be part of it because it won’t fly with the GOP.
“It’s highly improbable at this point that you could get an agreement on it,” Cuomo said.
The governor's push on guns will be one of the first tests for the new 30-Republican, 6-Democrat coalition leading the state Senate when the Legislature reconvenes on Jan. 9.