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Tenney Speaks Out Against CoBIS

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Ilion, NY (WIBX) – Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney is speaking out against CoBis, saying she will veto the program, even if it’s included in this year’s state budget.

Co-Bis, the Cobined Ballistic Identification System, involves imprinting alpha-numeric codes on spent shell casings from semi-automatic firearms. These numbers are then used to trace shells back to their weapons.

Tenney says micro-stamping has been a costly mistake, with more than $44 million invested into it without a single firearm-related crime solved. In addition, she says the process is flawed, with numerous studies deeming CoBIS “easily circumvented by criminals.”

The Assemblywoman also says she wants to protect jobs. Remington Arms, in Ilion, has been in the area for 200 years and employs more than 1,000 people. But, the firearm manufacturer has said it will leave New York if the regulations were enacted.

For now, Governor Cuomo has removed CoBis from this year’s executive budget.

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