Sen. Ritchie, supporting gun rights advocates, sets up online petition to fight firearm microstamping
Friday, March 23, 2012 - 6:23 am

With Sen. Patty Ritchie is New York State Rifle and Pistol Association President Tom King, a board member of the National Rifle Association, and others who met this week with Ritchie and other legislators.With Sen. Patty Ritchie is New York State Rifle and Pistol Association President Tom King, a board member of the National Rifle Association, and others who met this week with Ritchie and other legislators.

State Sen. Patty Ritchie is inviting gun rights advocates to help her to “Stamp Out Microstamping,” a method of tracking the origin of a firearm.

“Advocates for gun control have so far failed in their efforts to force the costly and unproven microstamping technology on lawful gun owners and sportsmen, but this year, they’re trying a new tact, linking it to the state budget,” Ritchie said.

Ritchie, meeting with gun rights advocates this week, announced she’s created an online petition to express displeasure with the Assembly, whose Democratic leaders, Ritchie said, sought to make the controversial technique a state budget issue, linking it with state school aid, relief for property taxpayers and efforts to create jobs.

“But even the most hardened gun foe can’t believe that microstamping has anything to do with budget issues like school aid, property tax relief for homeowners and economic development, and they’re using this sneak attack to force their radical, anti-gun and anti-sportsmen agenda,” Ritchie, a Republican from Heuvelton, said.

The petition is available at her website, www.ritchie.nysenate.gov.

Ritchie pledged to defeat the Assembly’s plan in meetings with gun advocates, including representatives of the NYS Rifle and Pistol Association and the NRA, which awarded her its top “A” rating in 2010.

Ritchie is a lifelong shooter, and has held a hunting license for years.