New Law Sets Gun Control to Autopilot in California

New Law Sets Gun Control to Autopilot in California

Thanks to a bill signed recently by Gov. Gavin Newsom, California consumers are going to see fewer handguns for sale in the Golden State. Assembly Bill 2847 solves no problems but creates yet another gun control hurdle for law-abiding firearm manufacturers and the consumers that rely on their products. Lawrence Keane Special to CalMatters Since an absurd law was certified in 2013, a semi-automatic pistol must have what is called “microstamping technology” in order to be included on the state’s roster of “not unsafe handguns” that are permitted to be sold in the state. Under that law, firearm manufacturers would have to micro-laser engrave a gun’s make, model and serial number on two distinct parts of each gun, including the firing pin so that in theory the information would be imprinted on the cartridge casing when the pistol is fired. AB 2847 drops that down to one part on the interior of the handgun. In theory that might be helpful to law enforcement except that there is no existing technology that will reliably, consistently and legibly imprint the required identifying information by a semiautomatic handgun on the ammunition it fires. The holder of the patent for this technology has written that there are problems with it and that further study is warranted before it is mandated. ‘More Testing in a Wider Range of Firearms Is Needed’ Furthermore, firing pin microstamping technology has been found to be unreliable and inconsistent by technical experts in several peer reviewed studies. A study […]

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