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By Rick Windham

The late Derry Brownfield had a famous quote for things like this, “It is just ignorance gone to seed.” California’s latest gun control law is a classic example. Johnny Carson had another quote that can apply here, “California is the land of fruits and nuts!”


The state has decided to move ahead with its ridiculous microstamping requirement for all new firearms. Microstamping, ballistic imprinting, and ballistic engraving are all names given to the technology that involves the use of lasers to engrave a microscopic mark onto the tip of the firing pin and into the breech of a rifle or pistol.
When the gun is fired, the firing pin “stamps” the primer. The pressure created when a round is fired swells the casing out and imprints the markings in the breech on the case before it is ejected. Somehow the same types of markings are supposed to be imprinted on the bullet, but I’ve yet to figure out how that works. Theoretically, a recovered bullet can be matched with a spent casing and that can lead law enforcement back to the owner of the gun if a crime has been committed?


Can you see any holes in this theory? How about simply using a small file to take the markings off the head of the firing pin? Pulling the barrel out of the pistol, an easy task done during the cleaning process, and honing the inside of the chamber will erase the markings for the shell casing. It doesn’t take genius to defeat the whole idea!
Two of the biggest gun manufacturers in the country have put California on notice. Ruger and Smith & Wesson have told California officials that they would not comply with the new law that is an "unproven, unreliable and largely unworkable concept". The firearms companies will simply cease to do business in California for any semi-auto handgun that is not currently on the state’s “approved” list.


In a statement to a firearms industry publication, Ruger said it remains, "...committed to our customers in California. Unfortunately, the ill-conceived law requiring the incorporation of microstamping technology into semi-automatic pistols is forcing Ruger pistols off the Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale in California. Until microstamping is repealed, we expect that Ruger pistols, some of the safest available, will continue to be forced off the Roster."
A statement from Smith & Wesson President and CEO James Debney said, “We will do our best to support our customers in California with state-compliant products, enabling them to at least a portion of the firearms to which we believe all citizens are entitled. We will continually seeks ways to refine and improve its firearms so consumers have access to the best possible products, but the State of California is making it impossible when it comes to California residents. Smith & Wesson does not and will not include microstamping in its firearms."


I can see many other gun companies taking the same stance. It looks like the battle lines are drawn. If more firearms manufacturers fail to do business in California, residents of the state will either force the law to be reviewed and revised by the State Assembly, or it will be in the federal court system via lawsuits brought by the National Rifle Association and National Shooting Sports Foundation.

More: Battle lines set in the State of California
 

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The fact S&W, and Ruger, or any other manufacturer not doing business in Cali, the idiots that made the law win. They get what they want.

With regards to defeating the stamping, yes can be done. Bet they make it a crime to be in possession of an altered weapon.

I wonder how many FTE's occour.
 

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Wow, guess they never heard of files, replacement parts or just plain old tape.
 

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I've seen an "expert" witness for the government testify about how LEO's attempt to trace bullets and spent casings back to individual firearms. Junk science does not even begin to describe the methodology. Average people off the street would be able to poke holes in the logic used. Scary stuff.
 
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