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California's Most Ambitious
Handgun Ban Now Underway

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n 1976, the Brady Campaign, then known as
the National Council to Control Handguns,
said that the first part of its three-part plan
to get handguns made "totally illegal" was to "slow down
the increasing number of handguns being produced and
sold in this country." Anti-gunners have now taken a long
stride toward that wish in California.
Signed into law by then- Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger,
California's 2007
"microstamping" law is
proving successful in
attaining its intended goal:
restricting the sale of
semi-automatic handguns
throughout the state, despite
the fact that "microstamping"
has proven to be ineffective
in solving or reducing crime.

In January, America's two largest
handgun manufacturers-Smith &
Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Co.-
announced that they will stop selling
new semi-automatic handguns in
California, rather than comply with
the state's "microstamping" law. The
law applies not only to entirely new
models of handguns, but also to any
current production handgun approved
by the state's Roster Board, if such
handguns are modified with any new

feature or characteristic,
however minor.
According to the Los Angeles
Times, the law was "intended to help
police investigators link shell casings
found at crime scenes to a specific
gun." That's pure spin, however. In
reality, the law, signed in 2007 by
then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, is
intended to terminate semi-automatic
handgun sales and, over time,
semi-automatic handgun ownership
in the state. "Microstamping" will
solve few, if any, crimes as tests
have shown the technology is easily
defeated and criminals are unlikely to
acquire guns by lawful means.
Meanwhile, the National Shooting
Sports Foundation has announced
that it and the Sporting Arms
and Ammunition Manufacturers'
Institute have filed suit against
the law in Fresno Superior Court
"seeking both declaratory and
injunctive relief against this
back-door attempt to prevent the sale
of new semi-automatic handguns to
law-abiding citizens in California."
Anti-gun activists often refer to
California as the test bed for gun
control laws they would like to have
imposed throughout the country.
Thus, gun owners outside California
should anticipate "microstamping"
efforts in their states, and do
what it takes to elect pro-Second
Amendment governors and state
legislators to deny the anti-gunners
additional victories.
However, making sure that what
has happened in California doesn't
happen elsewhere is not the only
reason to step up our election year
efforts. California accounts for
12 percent of the nation's population
and approximately eight percent of
its handgun owners. We owe it to
our fellow countrymen to elect a
pro-Second Amendment Congress in
2014 and a pro-Second Amendment
president in 2016, who will select
judges who respect our fundamental
right to keep and bear arms and
strike down California's
"microstamping" law.

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