California has effectively banned the sale of all new guns after Attorney General Kamala Harris officially certified a law that will require all new semiautomatic handguns to use technology that stamps identifying information on bullet casings. Since gun manufacturers are not likely to spend money retrofitting their entire production lines, California has effectively banned the sale of all new guns.
The law, which was initially signed back in 2007 by then governor Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, was delayed because of patents on the technology. On Friday, the Attorney General of California certified the law, becoming the first state in the country to require new guns use this stamping technology.
The “microstamping” act requires every new handgun produced or brought into the state of California to have a special firing pin that will stamp a serial number onto the primer of a round.
In reality, this technology will do nothing to prevent crime and will never be implemented, making the sale of all new guns into California illegal. In minutes a criminal could easily bypass this technology by filing the firing pin which would completely remove the stamp, rendering the technology completely useless. Despite this, California is pressing on with the new law.
Attorney General Harris was quoted saying “This very important technology will help us as law enforcement in identifying and locating people who improperly and illegally use and discharge firearms.”
That’s all nice and well, but who in their right mind believes a criminal is going to buy one of these self identifying weapons? What about the millions of illegal guns streaming over the Mexican border into California?
In my opinion, this is just another example of punishing law-abiding gun owners and yet again infringing on our Second Amendment right to defend ourselves. Since the law does nothing to stop illegal guns, nothing to go after the criminal gangs who are selling them, and doesn’t prevent criminals from bypassing the technology, there is little doubt what this laws really about – one more step towards banning all guns.