California leads the nation.
That’s a line that Californians love to repeat, and by-and-large, it’s been true. California has set the standard on auto emissions and other states have followed. They are trying to set the standard in any number of other areas, and in one particular area they are getting pushback.
In an effort to find ways to register and track guns – and YES, we do believe that California officials would be more than happy to tell their local police to round up every gun in the state and melt them down – California’s version of the Soviet Duma passed a law requiring identifying stamps be put on the firing pin of every handgun sold in the state.
The state will quickly develop a database of those “microstamps” and when they find a shell casing they’ll be able to instantly track it to handgun that fired it. Obviously, this law is for your protection and will make Oakland a safe place to raise a family.
Oh, and ObamaCare will bring down the cost of your health insurance by $2,500 per year.
Thankfully, some gun manufacturers are telling the state to stuff it.
Smith & Wesson President and CEO James Debney said, “As our products fall off the roster due to California’s interpretation of the Unsafe Handgun Act, we will continue to work with the NRA and the NSSF to oppose this poorly conceived law which mandates the unproven and unreliable concept of microstamping and makes it impossible for Californians to have access to the best products with the latest innovations.”
Mr. Debney added that he encourages the public to “support the NSSF’s lawsuit and other efforts to stop microstamping, before it impacts your constitutional rights.” The law was passed in 2007 but did not go into effect until May 2013.
Ruger is also fighting the requirement and may follow Smith & Wesson and stop selling the effected guns in the state.
We wish the major gun manufacturers would follow the precedent set by Barrett Arms with respect to California and MagPul with respect to Colorado.
The California legislature passed a ban on 50 cal rifles – Barrett’s products – about 10 years ago. Ronnie Barrett, the owner of Barrett Arms, sent the state a letter and has refused to sell to law enforcement or service any of the rifles they currently own.
MagPul is in the process of moving their operations out of Colorado to Texas and Wyoming because of the state’s restrictions on magazine capacity.
It’s long past time for firearms manufacturers – Glock, are you listening – to refuse to sell to law enforcement or any state agencies in states that pass restrictive gun laws for their citizens. In our opinion, cops in California and New York don’t need handguns. Give them sensitivity training and let them call 911 in neighboring states for help if that doesn’t work.
Oh, and with respect to our earlier note that the California legislature would love tell local cops to round up and melt down guns, the cops wouldn’t bat an eyelash. After all, “it’s the law”. Do not kid yourself, the police who don’t want you have access to a firearm – see every major city police chief but Detroit – wouldn’t put their pensions at risk over the interpretation of the 2nd Amendment. Not for a second.