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MILLER: Smith & Wesson to stop selling guns in California due to microstamping law

Smith & Wesson announced it will stop selling its handguns in California rather than manufacture them to comply with the new microstamping law. The other publicly traded firearms manufacturer in the U.S., Sturm, Ruger, also said this month that it will stop new sales to California.


The announcement late Wednesday came a week after the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for firearms manufacturers, filed suit against California for requiring that all new semi-automatic pistols that are not already on the state’s approved gun roster have the microstamping technology.
 

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Those who wrote this law must be clapping their greasy little hands together with glee. This is exactly what they want, all guns out of California.

Turns out they will continue to sell the Shield and others:

Smith & Wesson will continue to sell revolvers, bolt action rifles and its newly-launched Shield and SDVE pistols in California.


I bet they will continue to sell to government and law enforcement as well, which makes this a somewhat pointless gesture. It would be interesting to see what would happen if suddenly no-one, including the California government, could buy a gun there because of an industry ban.
 

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If you live in California, go check this out, it looks important:

Ca. Gun Rights - Home

Since the California legislature and governor’s office are currently dominated by radical progressive liberals who are hell bent on destroying rights, not protecting rights, we can't expect them to protect our rights. BUT, we can fight back with the initiative process. We can circumvent the radical progressive liberals in this state by utilizing the initiative process to amend the state constitution.
 

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Gun control initiative qualifies; 'Revolt' against Cal microstamping
Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s office confirmed yesterday to the Seattle P-I.com that the 17-page gun control measure, Initiative 594, has qualified for the November ballot while signatures are still being counted on Initiative 591, and hearings on both are scheduled next Tuesday and Wednesday in Olympia.


The hearings will occur before the House Judiciary Committee at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and before the Senate Law & Justice Committee on Wednesday, also at 1:30 p.m., suggesting that I-591 will also easily qualify, as there have been indications from its sponsors that it garnered even more signatures than the 346,834 confirmed for I-594. Bellevue's Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, will testify at both hearings.


I-594 is ostensibly aimed at requiring so-called “universal background checks” on all gun sales in the state, and the timing for these hearings is interesting, considering that a
has just surfaced, apparently recorded earlier this week, featuring anti-gun Oregon State Sen. Ginny Burdick appearing to acknowledge that universal background checks “won’t stop gun violence,” to which she quickly adds, “but it will help.”


Whether the Legislature takes any action on either measure is doubtful. It is an election year, and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle will be reluctant to step into the gun control morass because the subject is politically toxic.
Turnout for both hearings is expected to be heavy, and no doubt there will be overflow rooms available in which people can watch the discussion on television monitors.


MEANWHILE, there appears to be something of a revolt in progress by handgun manufacturers Sturm, Ruger and Smith & Wesson against the State of California’s microstamping requirement.

Read more: Gun control initiative qualifies; 'Revolt' against Cal microstamping - Seattle gun rights | Examiner.com
 

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Gun Maker Will Limit Sales in Protest of California Law
LOS ANGELES — Smith & Wesson, the firearms manufacturer, announced Thursday that it would not sell new semiautomatic pistols in California because of its objections to a gun safety law that took effect in the state last May.


The Unsafe Handgun Act, which was signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2007, requires gun makers to use a technology called microstamping in new or upgraded gun models. Microstamping uses a laser to print a unique code on shell casings, making it easier for law enforcement to trace weapons involved in crimes.


California’s attorney general, Kamala D. Harris, certified the law last May after the technology for microstamping, previously encumbered by a patent, was made available in the public domain.


In a statement, Smith & Wesson’s chief executive, James Debney, called the law “poorly conceived” and the technology “unproven and unreliable.” He vowed to continue challenging the requirement and urged his company’s customers to support organizations that have filed suit against the law.


Smith & Wesson is the second gun maker to limit sales in California because of the law; Sturm, Ruger & Company said this month that it would do so.


California and the District of Columbia are the only two jurisdictions with gun safety regulations that require microstamping; several states, including New York, have proposed such laws.

More: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/24/u...-sales-in-protest-of-california-law.html?_r=1
 
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