Before Empire State shooting reports, Bloomberg says bullet-tracking is more important than Remington’s N.Y. jobs

Bloomberg (behind Marty Markowitz) and Golden (Azi Paybarah via Flickr)
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Gun manufacturer Remington is threatening to leave New York if the state passes a microstamping law, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning argued that saving lives is more important than saving jobs.

"Well, I don't want to take away their jobs, but you're talking about moving and losing a few jobs or losing a lot of lives," he said, during his regular Friday morning appearance on the John Gambling radio show. "That's the choice, so you make your choice."

Remington employs more than 1,000 Ilion, N.Y. residents, but has threatened to relocate its operations should New York State pass a law mandating microstamping on some bullet casings.

Bloomberg strongly supports the legislation.

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Meanwhile, Republican State Senator Marty Golden, whom some Democrats blame for holding up the passage of a microstamping bill, has proposed an alternative gun control package that includes longer automatic sentences for possession of illegal guns, something the mayor today called "ridiculous."

"Nobody's going to put you in jail for five years just for carrying a gun," he said. "If the law says they have to, they just won't have the charge, and you won't go to jail at all."

"From my way of thinking, it's microstamping or they don't have to waste their time," Bloomberg added.