Smith & Wesson and the Sturm Ruger company have decided they’ve had enough with California and their draconian laws and will officially stop selling their firearms in the state due to the new microstamping law that has been implemented, affirming the fears of gun owners that the measure will greatly diminish the availability of handguns as manufacturers refuse to comply.
Microstamping is the process of engraving a serial number on the end of a firing pin that strikes the primer in a gun. It’s a new technology that uses lasers to cut the number into the metal of the pin which then gets imprinted on to the metal of the primer in a bullet casing.
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Proponents of microstamping believe that it can be used to trace a gun back to its owner if it’s used in a crime. Each gun has a unique number attached to it that would be registered with the serial number of the gun at the point of sale, then when a bullet is found at the scene of a crime the number can be recovered from the casing, run through a database, and the owner found. That’s the theory behind it anyways, and it’s that theory that has caused California to implement a law requiring all new firearms to have their firing pins microstamped, the first of its kind in the nation.
It sounds like a great idea on paper, with the technology surrounding ballistics accompanied with this technology it would make firearms related crimes that much easier to solve, or so you would think.
Critics of the law have many valid objections, one of which is that the majority of crimes are committed with stolen handguns so the law will do little, if anything to actually help solve a case. Another is that it’s a very expensive technology that isn’t actually proven to work so the law places unnecessary cost and manufacturing burdens on firearms manufacturers, which is what prompted the two firearms giants to leave the state. They feel the technology is cost prohibitive and unreliable, and does little to help safety or prevent crimes.
Smith & Wesson released a statement saying;
“A number of studies have indicated that microstamping is unreliable, serves no safety purpose, is cost prohibitive, and most importantly, is not proven to aid in preventing or solving crimes”
They also said that will not be forced into microstamping their firearms for any reason.
Let’s also not forget that in order for this technology to be effective there must actually be a registry of guns and their serial numbers, which is supposed to be prevented by federal law and would be a massive infringement upon our Second Amendment rights.
The NRA also weighed in on the debate, Chuck Michel of the West Coast Counsel said;
“This is the latest attempt to undermine the Second Amendment in California by politicians with little to no knowledge of firearms, who seek to impose their liberal values upon those who choose to protect their families with the constitutional right to own a handgun,”
I have to agree, the term ‘unintended consequences’ is coming to mind right now, only I believe this was fully intentional. For the state to pass such a law knowing what it would do the the firearms industry how can we believe anything other than they knew exactly what would happen?
Even the patent holder of the technology agrees that it’s not ready to0 be made into law yet, Todd Lizzote said that;
“legitimate questions exist related to both the technical aspects, production costs, and database management associated with microstamping that should be addresses before wide scale implementation is legislatively mandated,”
“The technology doesn’t fully exist yet, but by making it into a law, they [California] in fact enacted a gun law without actually passing one,” David Kopel, a constitutional law professor at the Denver University Sturm College of Law and Researchsaid in regards to the law, then added that he feels this is an indirect way to ban handguns.
Also, just recently a Senator in California Kevin de Leon made a complete fool of himself in an attempt to scare people out of firearms ownership and supporting the Second Amendment, and he’s one of the people who got to vote on this law so what does that tell you?
Fans of Smith & Wesson’s revolvers can rest easy though, because the law doesn’t cover them and they’ll still be available for sale.
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