Rep. Denyse Stoneback

Filed: 3/22/2021





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 2769 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 1. Legislative findings.
5    Whereas, Law enforcement makes an arrest in only 35% of
6firearm homicides and 21% of firearm assaults when the victim
7was Black or Hispanic. Microstamping is a powerful
8crime-solving tool that can help law enforcement quickly solve
9gun crimes. Microstamping is a reliable ballistics
10identification tool, and can greatly enhance traditional
11ballistics analysis and the current National Integrated
12Ballistics Information Network (NIBIN) system by providing a
13direct link between a spent cartridge case and a firearm.
14    The leads generated from a microstamped shell have the
15potential to help law enforcement solve gun-related crimes
16while limiting negative interactions with law enforcement,
17especially in minority communities. While this crime-solving



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1technology exists, manufacturers have not yet produced
2microstamp-ready firearms.
3    It behooves the State to install a program in partnership
4with law enforcement to bring microstamp-ready firearms into
5use in Illinois.
6    Section 5. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
7Microstamping Funding Program Act.
8    Section 10. Definitions.
9    "Microstamp-ready" means that the firearm is manufactured
10to produce a unique alphanumeric or geometric code on at least
11one location on each expended cartridge case that identifies
12the make, model, and serial number of the firearm.
13    "Microstamping mechanism" means a mechanism of the firearm
14designed and intended to produce a unique alphanumeric or
15geometric code on an expended cartridge that identifies the
16make, model, and serial number of the firearm.
17    Section 15. Grants for microstamp-ready firearms. Subject
18to appropriation, the State shall set aside $500,000 to
19establish a grant program for microstamp-ready firearms in
20Illinois. The program will award:
21    (A) Replenishment grants: Grants between $35,000 and
22$50,000, for the replenishment of new firearms for their
23officers. One of these grants shall be for the Illinois State



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1Police, and the other three shall be for three municipal law
2enforcement agencies of towns or cities with a population
3between 50,000 and 200,000 who purchase firearms for their
4officers through a Quartermaster system, in which the
5Quartermaster is responsible for the purchase, inventory, and
6dissemination of uniforms and equipment to officers.
7    (B) New officer grants : Grants between $5,000 to $20,000
8to law enforcement agencies of towns or cities with a
9population between 30,000 and 200,000 to assist with the
10purchase of firearms by new officers.
11    Section 20. Administration and restrictions. The grant
12program shall be administered by the Illinois State Police and
13the grant funds shall only be used for the purchase of
14microstamp-ready firearms by law enforcement agencies that are
15grant recipients.
16    Section 25. Education and training. Education and training
17associated with microstamp-ready firearms, and integration
18with the NIBIN and CGIC centers in Illinois shall be included
19in the program.
20    Section 30. Grant application and participation. The State
21shall establish the objectives and provide direction for the
22program's grant application process, by which qualified law
23enforcement agencies can apply to receive funds for



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1microstamp-ready firearms for use by their officers. Law
2enforcement agencies participating in the grant program must
3have their officers using the microstamp-ready firearms as
4soon as they are delivered.
5    All grants this program must be awarded by June 30, 2022.
6    Law enforcement agencies that have been awarded funds must
7use funds within one year of receipt or funds will be returned
8to the State of Illinois.
9    Section 35. Data collection. The Illinois State Police
10shall collect data from each grant recipient, including but
11not limited to: the number of microstamp-ready firearms
12purchased, manufacturer, number of officers using the
13microstamp-ready firearms, and the number of microstamp-ready
14firearms that are discharged in the first of year of use.
15    Section 40. Penalty. Any person who knowingly or
16intentionally changes, alters, removes or obliterates the name
17of the importer's or manufacturer's serial number or the
18microstamping mechanism of any firearm commits a Class 2