Dozens of students from New York City area schools met with lawmakers in Albany this afternoon for a roundtable discussion on preventing gun violence.
Led by Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, D-North Hempstead, the legislators fielding questions from the students and laid out their plan for curbing violence through several pieces of legislation.
The most popular item on the day's menu was state mandated microstamping on all semi-automatic firearms. Microstamping is a ballistic imprinting technology that uses lasers to engrave microscopic markings on cartridges that, when recovered by police after use in a shooting, can be traced to the retail purchaser.
"We know it's going to work," Schimel said of microstamping. "Microstamping is going to catch criminals and you're going to be able to track the guns."
Schimel is the Assembly co-sponsor of a microstamping bill along with Sen. Eric Schniederman, D-Manhattan, who is also Senate co-sponsor on the other two state laws that were discussed: a five-year renewable gun permit law and a gun dealer responsibility act, creating more stringent record keeping and reporting to prevent gun sales to criminals.
Schimel said that its been a decade since the last sensible gun laws were passed.
The students and lawmakers also talked about the importance of closing gun show loopholes and different methods of gun trafficking prevention.