Skip to comments.Gun flight: Smith & Wesson, Ruger quit California over stamping requirement
Posted on 01/24/2014 5:24:11 PM PST by Olog-hai
A new gun law proponents say helps law enforcement has driven Smith & Wesson and Sturm Ruger out of California, and affirmed the suspicions of firearms rights advocates that the measure is really about making handguns obsolete.
The two companies have announced they will stop selling their wares in the nations most populous state rather than try to comply with a law that requires some handguns to have technology that imprints a tiny stamp on the bullet so it can be traced back to the gun. The companies, and many gun enthusiasts, say so-called microstamping technology is unworkable in its present form and can actually impair a guns performance.
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Does that include the State of California law enforcement as well?
No different then Poll Taxes.
Intent of the law is to abridge an enumerated Right.
I doubt any of the major companies will go to the trouble and expense of making guns for California.
Be a good time to be a gun dealer in Nevada.
If S&W and Ruger management had any balls they’d do what Ronnie Barrett did and tell California that their government business is no longer welcome.
Let California LE buy their weapons from Russia.
“Be a good time to be a gun dealer in Nevada.”
They cannot sell to California residents, sorry.
Good. Hope it includes law enforcement like Barrett did.
LE is exempt with any luck the manufacturers will just stop doing business with the state altogether.
What a stupid idea. California used to be something special. Now it is that dog poop you didn’t see and stepped on it with your brand new athletic shoes. The soles have to be pressure washed to get the poop out of the treads. Ronald Reagan was the last decent governor of that state. Too much poop to walk there now.
“LE is exempt ...”
And I just wonders why that would be....?
The gun manufacturers will only be successful when all the big guys get together and collectively (nice red word) refuse to do any business with California (guns, bullets, supplies, etc), unless this law is voided.
A boycott has to have complete unity of purpose in order to succeed. Time to play hardball, guys. No more whusses and greedy businessmen.
This is too important to our country to screw it up by having individual interests put above those of the industry and of our country.
A win in California would send tsunami-sized ripples throught the leftist state governments esp. Colorado and New York. Illinois is beyond salvage.
Time to shit or got off the pot!
Does this include private sales?
When guns are outlawed, only...yawl know the rest. Apparently this law only applies to semi-automatic handguns. Revolvers are not yet required to have the stamping capability. But we know if this law passes and is upheld in the courts, all the rest of the firearms will have to follow suit. Article doesn’t say if currently owned firearms are grandfathered in does it?
I wish Mr Chiaramonte knew a little bit about his subject before writing an article like this. He states: “The telltale mark theoretically allows law enforcement investigators to trace the bullet to the registered gun owner.” Law enforcement is not going to track down any perpetrators if they find a “bullet” because the the marking is put on the shell casing by the firing pin.
OK, I will correct myself, I suppose they could match a bullet with a shell casing they find at the scene.
It should. If microstamping would work so well to solve crimes, wouldn't it also be invaluable in the investigation of a police shooting?
I hope this costs the overpaid controlling AH’s running CA government millions in taxes.
Judging by condition of bullets that hit nearly anything, the only thing you can conclude from that bullet is what caliber it was, more or less. If there is some intact surface that touched the barrel then perhaps one can look for scratches that are made by that individual barrel. But the casing is designed to release a bullet without much fuss. Many .22LR bullets can be pulled out of the casing just with fingers, and there is precious little contact surface that was ever shared by the brass and the lead.
It would be minimally useful because revolvers do not eject spent brass, and there would be nothing left for investigators to investigate.
I think the rest of the states should hold an election to determine if CA can continue to be part of the U.S.A.
I’d vote against it.
I wonder how much money the State of California has made off of sales tax on S&W guns over the last 10 years.
Guess they’ll have to tax something else more to make up for the loss.
.22LR uses a bullet with a heel, so it’s probably not the best example.
As long as the gun remains on the roster, S&W will continue to make it, and sell it in Cali. There are a few still on the roster, so S&W will be in the Cali semi-auto pistol business for a while yet.
When, oh when, will the arms manufacturers wake up? Were I one of them, gun or ammo manufacturers, I would immediately and publicly, cease all sales to state and federal police forces. and hold that stance until all gun-grabbing ceases.
I applaude Smith and Wesson and Ruger for their corporate issued statements.
Now, when do you, dear reader, think we ‘might’ hear from:
Wilson Arms; Kimber Arms; Springfield Armory; Colt; or even, (gulp and deep breath), that-Austrian-company-that-why-I-don’t-know-manufactures-the-ugliest-thing-to-be-called-a-pistol; any European firearms manufacturer that sells in this country?
(To quantify my question, I prefer steel pistols that you can carry in Condition One, do NOT have ‘decockers’ - and have viewable hammers, with a downward-to-fire traveled safety.)