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Jan 24 2014

Microstamping Drives Smith & Wesson, Ruger Pistols Out of California

To quote Nancy Pelosi, the actual brains behind the passage of Obama’s signature healthcare legislation,

“We will go through the gate. If the gate is closed, we will go over the fence. If the fence is too high, we will pole vault in. If that doesn’t work, we will parachute in. But we are going to [impose our will on the American people].”

The same applies to disarming law-abiding citizens. If the Second Amendment, backed up by the lobbying efforts of the NRA, doesn’t allow authoritarians to confiscate our firearms outright, there are other ways to extract what George Washington called “the people’s liberty’s teeth.” One is to go after ammunition by declaring it an environmental hazard or shutting down the last primary lead smelter in the USA for allegedly polluting.

California presents another:

On January 22nd renowned gun maker Smith & Wesson joined Sturm, Ruger, & Co., by announcing it would cease California sales of its semi-automatic pistols due to microstamping requirements that went into effect last year. …

Microstamping is a requirement that each firearm be fitted with a special firing pin that leaves a fingerprint on a bullet casing which differs from the fingerprint of every other firearm. …

The cost of doing this would be incredibly high to manufacturers, and would be a cost they would have to pass on to consumers in higher prices.

Moreover, the result of doing this would be yet another gun registry–every gun sold that met microstamping requirements would have be to registered so that the government knew who owned the gun that left that fingerprint.

Microstamping doesn’t reliably work, due to “problems with the durability of microstamps on firing pins.” But that is irrelevant to the law’s primary objective.

Despite all the hoplophobic moonbats in La-La Land and the Gay Area, California represents a massive gun market. Between them, Smith & Wesson and Ruger could be making $millions selling semi-automatic pistols there. That they have pulled out of this market indicates that microstamping is economically infeasible.

This means the California law is working exactly as planned, and we can expect it to be implemented on the national level as soon as Democrats have the political leverage.

The Second Amendment states that “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” An excellent example of what it means to infringe on this right it to place onerous requirements on gun manufacturers that prevent them from selling their wares.


On tips from Stormfax, Bob Roberts, and Jester.

6 Responses to “Microstamping Drives Smith & Wesson, Ruger Pistols Out of California”

  1. DJ says:

    “Guns are a lot like parachutes ~ If you need one and don’t have one, you’ll probably never need one again”

    The best presentation on gun control yet. Even if you don’t like guns, watch this!

    Should be required viewing by both sides of the issue of gun control/legislation

    Here is a man who knows the constitution.

    Bill Whittle delivering a virtual State of the Union Address:

  2. figment says:

    make sure when leaving all papers are filed notifying the state of closure of business and removal of persons and property. was just reading an article about how THOUSANDS of people had bank accounts drained by CA dept of rev for estimated tax receipts, by people who haven’t lived in the state for YEARs.

  3. Laurie says:


    The answer for how to deal with the ever-imposing government is what Nazi Pelosi said:
    “We will go through the gate. If the gate is closed, we will go over the fence. If the fence is too high, we will pole vault in. If that doesn’t work, we will parachute in. But we are going to [impose our will on the American people].”

    We’ve been trying to fix things with the ballot box for years, and it hasn’t worked. Now it’s time to move on to more direct methods. The problem conservatives have is that they just try to make the best of a bad situation. Liberals decide they want something and they stop at nothing to get it. Conservatives need to have that attitude: decide what we want and then get it, no matter what it takes. If it means lying, cheating, stealing, voter fraud, assault, burning cars in the street, and all the other tactics that liberals use, so be it. The objective is to get what we want, and not stop until we do.


  4. mega says:

    This is worrisome. CA, NY, CT and a few others, aside from the legal/constitutional issues involved, are removing a huge chunk of the market for gun manufacturers. This isn’t going to put S&W out of business, but it’s possible to see down the road when 20+ states have done this and it could really shake up the firearms industry then. These states want to grudgingly let us own .380 pocket guns with 6 round mags so we’ll shut up about the 2nd amendment, and then eventually they’ll make it impossible to own those, too.

    Glock just came out with a .380 6 rounder (Glock 42). Maybe they see the writing on the wall. I’ve got cartons of G18 happy sticks and I’m really hoping those don’t turn out to be a wasted investment I can’t keep, trade, sell, or even get rid of.

  5. Spurwing Plover says:

    Dirty Harry wont like this he has never cared for these low-life liberal DEM-A-RATS anyway

  6. Perry, john says:

    If you can’t solve the real problems facing this country kick up a lot of dust and use smoke and mirrors. Then you can solve problems you create so you can feel good about
    having done something. The ballot boxs isn’t going to change anything as long as politicians can use our tax dollars to by votes. “By and for the people..”, BS!

    “By and for them that controls the purse strings” is more like it. Hurray for me and the hell with you!

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