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California Gun Regulations Drives Smith & Wesson, Ruger From ‘Gun-Shy’ State

January 25, 2014

Posted By on Jan 25, 2014 in 2nd  Amendment, Articles, Business, Gun Control, News, Politics, US News | 0  Comments


Gun control advocates in California are high-fiving each other, as the  ridiculous regulation requiring “microstamping” has driven Sturm Ruger and now Smith &  Wesson, two of the biggest manufacturers of handguns in the United States, out  of the state. The newly enforced legislation is little more than a stealth ban  on semi-auto handguns, dressed up to look like a simple crime-solving  technology.

Ballistic imprinting, or “microstamping” is a technology that engraves a  marking onto the firing pin of a gun.  When the weapon is fired, the imprint of  this marking is left on the bullet casings.  The avowed purpose of this mark is  to allow investigators to identify the registered owner of a gun used in a  crime.

However, some manufacturers refuse to comply, saying the technology is  unworkable and can actually impair the performance of the gun.

Smith & Wesson made the following statement in a press release:

“Smith & Wesson does not and will not include microstamping in its  firearms. 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.” (source)

The CEO of Ruger agrees, stating that the company is being “forced out” of  California.

For one, if the gun has been stolen, as often happens (because  criminals are the ones committing crimes) then obviously this  technology won’t really help to solve those mysteries. Furthermore, the  technology is new and has not been proven. Even the patent holder admits that  it’s not ready for mandatory implementation.

The patent holder of microstamping tech, Todd Lizotte, was part of a  Department of Justice study team which concluded 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,” according to the study which  was published in the Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners (AFTE)  Journal. (source)

Of course, this didn’t stop the legislators in California from forcing this  law through anyway.

Opponents say that this has less to do with solving crimes than it does with  being a sneaky way to ban semi-automatic handguns without actually…you  know…banning semi-automatic handguns. Because of that pesky Constitution and  all.

“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,” said Chuck Michel, West Coast Counsel  for the National Rifle Association, an Adjunct Professor at Chapman University  and author of the book “California Gun Laws.” (source)

The gun-shy state is quickly becoming notorious for its clueless  legislators who give impassioned speeches against the guns that they know  nothing about.  Who can forget this hilarious video from earlier in the week  of California Senator Kevin de Leon making ridiculous and  semi-literate claims about a “ghost gun”?

In reality, though, this is no laughing matter. This is the 2nd Amendment  we’re talking about. Gun control advocates can’t ban the guns outright, but they  can limit the ability to buy ammunition, they can make  ridiculous requirements that are impossible for manufacturers to meet and they  can make the process of purchasing firearms onerous and burdensome on  law-abiding citizens.

Whatever the method, the end result is the same – good people who follow the  rules will have difficulty defending themselves while criminals, whether they be  street thugs or thugs in uniform, won’t be held to the same restrictions.

CREDIT TO:  Kim Paxton / Freedom Outpost




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