Saturday, January 25, 2014

Smith & Wesson, Ruger, Driven Out of California by Ridiculous Regulations

Kimberly Paxton
Activist Post 

Gun control advocates in California are high-fiving each other, as the ridiculous regulation requiring “microstamping” has driven Sturm Ruger and now Smith & Wesson, two of the biggest manufacturers of handguns in the United States, out of the state. The newly enforced legislation is little more than a stealth ban on semi-auto handguns, dressed up to look like a simple crime-solving technology.

Ballistic imprinting, or “microstamping” is a technology that engraves a marking onto the firing pin of a gun.  When the weapon is fired, the imprint of this marking is left on the bullet casings.  The avowed purpose of this mark is to allow investigators to identify the registered owner of a gun used in a crime.

However, some manufacturers refuse to comply, saying the technology is unworkable and can actually impair the performance of the gun.

Smith and Wesson made the following statement in a press release:
Smith & Wesson does not and will not include microstamping in its firearms. A number of studies have indicated that microstamping is unreliable, serves no safety purpose, is cost prohibitive and, most importantly, is not proven to aid in preventing or solving crimes. (source)

The CEO of Ruger agrees, stating that the company is being “forced out” of California.
There are several reasons that microstamping isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

For one, if the gun has been stolen, as often happens (because criminals are the ones committing crimes) then obviously this technology won’t really help to solve those mysteries. Furthermore, the technology is new and has not been proven. Even the patent holder admits that it’s not ready for mandatory implementation.
The patent holder of microstamping tech, Todd Lizotte, was part of a Department of Justice study team which concluded that, “legitimate questions exist related to both the technical aspects, production costs, and database management associated with microstamping that should be addresses before wide scale implementation is legislatively mandated,” according to the study which was published in the Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners (AFTE) Journal. (source)
Of course, this didn’t stop the legislators in California from forcing this law through anyway.

Opponents say that this has less to do with solving crimes than it does with being a sneaky way to ban semi-automatic handguns without actually…you know…banning semi-automatic handguns. Because of that pesky Constitution and all.
“This is the latest attempt to undermine the Second Amendment in California by politicians with little to no knowledge of firearms, who seek to impose their liberal values upon those who choose to protect their families with the constitutional right to own a handgun,” said Chuck Michel, West Coast Counsel for the National Rifle Association, an Adjunct Professor at Chapman University and author of the book “California Gun Laws.” (source)
The gun-shy state is quickly becoming notorious for its clueless legislators who give impassioned speeches against the guns that they know nothing about.  Who can forget this hilarious video from earlier in the week of California Senator Kevin de Leon making ridiculous and semi-literate claims about a “ghost gun”?

In reality, though, this is no laughing matter. This is the 2nd Amendment we’re talking about. Gun control advocates can’t ban the guns outright, but they can limit the ability to buy ammunition, they can make ridiculous requirements that are impossible for manufacturers to meet and they can make the process of purchasing firearms onerous and burdensome on law-abiding citizens.

Whatever the method, the end result is the same – good people who follow the rules will have difficulty defending themselves while criminals, whether they be street thugs or thugs in uniform, won’t be held to the same restrictions.

Kimberly Paxton is a staff writer for The Daily Sheeple, where this first appeared. She is based out of upstate New York. You can follow Kimberly on Facebook and Twitter.

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Hide Behind said...

You can defend yourselself with a used firearm, I have several pieces of junk I will sell at buyer beware priced.
Do not bring up the 2nd Amendment as that was only to be used protect the Ideals of Government under the Constitution and bill of Rights.
You let and actually aided in the changes that tore it apart and threw it away and now you got your hands in pants only to find you seem to of lost yourballs.
Go wave som flags and kiss a cops ass for your time is deader than a door nail.
You hadbyour fun playing make believe and now its time to do as all children, put your toys away and grow up.

Anonymous said...

"Smith & Wesson, Ruger, Driven Out of California by Ridiculous Regulations"

Good to see that the writer is not prejudice one way or another.

One thing that gun nuts don't seem to grasp is that nearly every lunatic with a gun starts out as a "law abiding citizen".

Anonymous said...

anon@10:51. Why do we still get these control freaks anti-gunners on a site such as activistpost? If he actually educates himself, he would actually knows that disarmed populations had been slaughtered to the tune of 300 millions via democides.

The guns is what keeping that behavior in check, at least for now. He should also know that the elites drive for genocide of Americans are in full tilt.

Why doesn't he understand that there's no guarantee of safety because it would means we neither have liberty? Why doesn't he understand that the MSM orchestrated false flags for anti-gun legislations?

Why doesn't he understand that the idea in his head is planted by the MSM, who consistently argue for the case of global warming, against the mountains of data and awareness that it's a scam?

Why doesn't he go hang out at HuffPo instead?

Hide Behind said...

Once upon a time when Clinton was the first Black President and his old lady was just a frumpy looking lesbian. There was an arms company known as Smith & Wesson that was owned by a British investment Group.
It was a very popular arms company but damned few in USbknew anti gun for Brits but in US profits for Brits was OK.
Well the antigunners were runnng rampant as americans let Clintons kll church goers in Texas and then did not a fucking thing when a young boys dog got shot and then the boy got shot in Back and later an older friend and his is mother got assassinated as she held a baby sibling.
This done by a military sniper who also killed church goers in Texas and is now a worthless
retired bastad who thinks he was a hero and Cali gun owners cheer those just like him by the most fawning ever done by men over men.
Any ways Smith And Wesson Made an agreement, after recieving gov contracts and sate tax breaks to register the sale of every one of their weapons and keep them in house where gov could see those records.
They also said no one could sell even a used pistol unless they registered it with Smith and Wesson and of course he in house BATF bastards.
The american gun owner got all puffed up and throwing out their ches even beyond their beer guts said BOYCOT SMITH AND WESSON!
well the dealers in Guns all patriots of course found that they were stuck with Smith And Wessons and had them on shelfs and either had to send em back and never again sell even the used ones it was the law.
Well needless to say wha the hell is the 2nd that important so the boycot ended and the Brit said thanks for thr money clinton and state millions and sold the fn company.
A gun owner that enjoys watching women holding babies die, a young lad who when ambused by feds killing his dog fires in rage and gets gunned down hell you are patriots are you not.
Then the militias send a fucking Undercover CIA asset to talk to weaver and the gun owners pant in front of his zipper. YOUNG BOY LAYS DEAD IN THE OPEN AND AMERICAN HEROS USE HIS DEd body as bait to try to kill Randy.
All my years I listened and read of the Constitution, hell got blood lines died in it, but forgot . That they were men who saw beyond playing cowboys and soldiers while the fn country died.
Do not say no men made the stand because you lie if youdo.
Over 60 men women and children stood and died while patriotscalldthem cultist.What was in the first Amendmentthat the 2nd was meant to defend.
Tis over and i ndeed a New World Order now Reigns!.

Anonymous said...

Micro stamping to identify gun owners, yet our criminal attny general Holder intentionally sells thousands of guns to mexican drug cartels.

The US gov declares a war on drugs, but the CIA is the biggest drug manufacturer, and distributor on the planet.

The US gov declares the cannabis plant illegal, then skyrockets the cost of health insurance and cancer treatment cuz the cannabis plant kills cancer and if the public found a fkn weed can kill cancer, the scumpire would lose trillions.

The US gov declares war on terrorists, yet funds and arms terrorists, and is the #1 terrorists by definition on the planet.

The US gov develops and hordes technologies to keep them form the public to protect special interest power structures.

My point is you can see that when the US gov does anything, it is never in the best interest of American citizens.

Anonymous said...

California - the land of the fruits and nuts, psychotics an sycophants, disillusioned and the future slaughtered. Dumba@@es...

Anonymous said...

Calfornia needs to break at the fault line from US and float to China...

Anonymous said...

Do you want to know what the California Elites are thinking...really...?

One man with a gun can control 100 without one. - Vladimir Lenin

Some some folks don't grasp this until the boot is on their necks.

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