posted on May, 22 2013 @ 11:21 AM
Just want to clarify a couple of points before everyone panics like I did when first reading this on Friday of last week. I have since chatted with
several gun shop owners, a CCW trainer and a lawyer knowledgeable in this area. Here's the deal:
1. Yes, this is law, effective immediately. Although the law was actually passed several years ago, it has been stalled while waiting for legal and
technical issues with the micro-stamping to be resolved. According to our AG, they have been resolved and now the law is applicable.
2. You can say that this is a ban on semi-auto handguns in California, but that sounds worse than it is. Not that this isn't bad. California has a
long-standing list of "approved" handguns that can be sold here. Weapons are listed by manufacturer, model and caliber. All guns that were on this
approved list last week are still on the approved list this week. That will not change - this list just became the "grandfather" list. As long as
the manufacturer keeps a particular model on the approved list, it will never have to have the micro-stamping firing pin. Any and all guns already
owned, or stilling in your local gun shop, remain legal to own and transfer.
3. Related to point two then, this is a ban on any NEW technology, new manufacturers or new models from existing manufacturers that do not incorporate
the micro-stamping and are not yet on the approved list. Sneaky way to do it, since it isn't a direct ban on the weapons, just a new limitation on
what is required to get on the California approved list. Want that new Glock? Want a gun that uses the soon to market RFID based trigger safety? Tough
As a poster above pointed out, this is sneaky but legal. It is not a direct ban and the responsibility for compliance is not on the individual gun
owners. It is instead an onerous new requirement on the manufacturers that want to sell new weapons in this state. The likelihood of any of them
making the significant investment required in new machines and tooling to comply is next to nil. Time will tell though - California is a big market
and some may bow down to get their fancy new weapon into the shops. More so if other states pass something similar - then the gun manufacturers will
go the route of the auto manufacturers that had to comply with stricter emissions standards to sell cars in California.
Although I'm not at all in support of this law, I am comforted to know that my current collection, and those that I have on my wish list, will remain
legal and available for the foreseeable future. Except a Glock Gen 4. But that's another story (not on the approved list, no mag disconnect or
chamber indicator, Glock doesn't want to go through California's approval process). And why did this apply to semi-autos only? Why not wheel guns?
In my hands at least, both styles are equally effective at poking holes in whatever target I choose to engage.
Just remember this when the next election cycle rolls around and be sure to remind the supporters of this anti-gun nonsense who they work for. Keep
calm and carry on!