Gun manufacturers flee California over its microstamping law.

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Banning guns by proxy: Gun manufacturers flee California over its microstamping law.

Smith & Wesson announced it will stop selling its handguns in California rather than manufacture them to comply with the new microstamping law. The other publicly traded firearms manufacturer in the U.S., Sturm, Ruger, also said this month that it will stop new sales to California. The announcement late Wednesday came a week after the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for firearms manufacturers, filed suit against California for requiring that all new semi-automatic pistols that are not already on the state’s approved gun roster have the microstamping technology.

Microstamping is a patented process that, in theory, would have a unique code on the tip of a gun’s firing pin that would engrave that information on the casing when fired.

In other words, while the California legislature might want to make believe the technology is practical, the people who have to build and sell the guns know otherwise and can’t do it. So, this law essentially becomes a backdoor ban on guns and the second amendment. If you make it illegal to manufacture and sell guns, it doesn’t matter whether you have a right to own one.

Note also the basic dishonesty of the legislators who passed this law. They knew it was impractical, and did it not to put microstamping on ammo, but to make it impossible to sell guns. Or to put it more bluntly, they lied about what they were doing.



  • Cotour

    Between the continuing drought, the potential gathering and unknowable effects of Fukashima, their insanity regarding taxation, in state immigration policies, entitlements and their oppressive business regulations the 5th largest economy on the planet may serve as an example of what direction is not to be taken. Time will tell the tale.

  • PeterF

    The tale has already been told, in Detroit. But will the California idiots listen? No. They will screw up that state until they feel the effects of their stupidity, then they will flee to a state where the people have maintained a modicum of sanity, and proceed to recreate the distopia.

  • Kelly Starks

    >..Note also the basic dishonesty of the legislators who passed this law….

    Well when you are working to systematically deny a bill of rights level constitutional right – its best to be deceptive about it if you want to get away with the crime.

    I can only assume they wish to make California more criminal friendly. As for the honest citizens who’ll die in larger numbers from the increased gun violence. ….well the gov in Cal isn’t really there for the serfs, and the important folks have armed guards and such.

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