In the past weeks, Sturm Ruger and Smith & Wesson both announced decisions to no longer sell new pistols into California as the state’s new micro-stamping law is too expensive and onerous. What many in that state may not realize is that the handgun they currently possess may soon be illegal under the same law.
As reported by the NRA-ILA, “The law applies not only to entirely new models of handguns, but also to any current-production handgun approved by the state’s Roster Board, if such handgun is modified with any new feature or characteristic, however minor or superficial.”
Add a lighter striker spring, magazine release, night sights, grip tape.. the list is infinite and the changes need not be drastic. Any change will make your Glock ,Ruger, Smith, Springfield, Kahr, whatever … ILLEGAL.
The anti-gun zealots claim that this is intended to help solve crimes. According to the Los Angeles Times, the law was “intended to help police investigators link shell casings found at crime scenes to a specific gun.”
If micro-stamping actually worked, it would link any casings (if any) found at a crime scene to the firing pin that hit it. Since firing pins are not permanently attached to the firearm, this approach will NOT link it to the gun – just some firing pin probably discarded in a street drain shortly after the crime.
First, crimes are committed with stolen guns. Congratulations law enforcement, if you are lucky, you can now link that gun back to the little old lady that bought it to protect herself and had it stolen. Since property crimes are rarely solved and the property rarely recovered – this is a fool’s errand.
Second, anyone desiring to commit a crime with a gun traceable to themselves would just ground or file down the micro stamp or replace the firing pin/striker with a non-marked one. It isn’t rocket science. Google “replace firing pin in Glock 19 (or your semi-auto pistol).”
Both Smith and Ruger are businesses and as such, have to weigh the costs versus benefits of every market, product and decision. California’s micro-stamping law puts an undo burden on the manufacturers.
The technology is so expensive to implement that only a small group of customers would be able to afford semi-auto pistols that include the technology and the complexity it would add to the production line will increase costs for all gun buyers.
The fact that any change to pre-micro-stamping pistols will now make them illegal will lead to gunsmiths no longer getting requests to install night sights, add an ambi-safety, checker the grips, etc. No one wants their 1911, Glock or other pistol to suddenly require a micro-stamped firing pin that THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO OBTAIN.
Once the pistols enter ban status after being Cerakoted or blued, how long until California follows in New York City’s footsteps and begins confiscation of newly banned firearms?
This dilemma is no longer limited to the liberal progressive extremist bastion of California. Now, Connecticut and New York are also considering very similar laws.
As many Democrats have said, “We won. Elections have consequences.” Maybe 2014 is the year we help them understand just what that means.