Bullet Identification Clears First Committee Hurdle

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Senate bill 357 would require that serial numbers be stamped on individual bullets sold in California.  Buyers would have their driver’s license scanned along with the serial number at the time of purchase—linking the two.  The information would then be transmitted to the state Department of Justice.  Democratic Senator Joe Dunn says the bill would be a significant first step in solving more crimes.

“This bill SB 357 will start the process which will in years to come perhaps the vast majority of bullets used in crimes will have an indentifying mark—that’s the place we want to get.”

 In its letter of opposition, the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers Institute says the cost of re-tooling for bullet makers would be too much to bear and questions whether bullet serial numbers are effective tools to fight crime.  The measure now moves to a fiscal committee.