California moves towards banning handguns

May 12, 2022 | gun control

You would think that the Heller and MacDonald U.S. Supreme Court decisions would prevent states from banning all handguns in a state, but California’s microstamping regulation will soon move to ban all handguns. The irony is that if the Supreme Court strikes down the May Issue concealed handgun laws that you see in New York and California in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, California is making so that no one will be able to buy a concealed handgun to carry.

It won’t be too long before all semiautomatic handguns will be banned from sale in California – a step closer to gun control’s ultimate goal of banning lawful civilian firearm ownership. The California “Not Unsafe Handgun” law enacted in 2001 started a slow motion statewide handgun ban. The ban picked up momentum in May of 2013 when the 2007 law requiring microstamping on all new pistols became effective upon then-Attorney General Kamala Harris certifying microstamping technology was unencumbered by patent restrictions. There were 967 models available for lawful purchase when the roster was certified less than a decade ago. Today, there are under 250 available models, when different paint schemes are considered. . . .

The problem is that microstamping just doesn’t work. Microstamping is the theoretical notion that a firearm would impart an identifying code on the cartridge it expends, primarily from the firing pin on the primer. In theory, this would allow law enforcement to connect spent cartridge cases collected at crime scenes with a particular firearm by matching the identifying code.

In practice, it doesn’t work. The inventor of the technology, Todd Lizotte, who holds the sole-source patent to etch microscopic codes on the face of a firing pin, agreed that the technology wasn’t ready for widespread commercial use. Lizotte admitted that alphanumeric codes are often illegible under even perfect conditions. Electron microscopes couldn’t detect legible codes in testing. Even in laboratory settings, it would take at least 10 spent cartridges to make an “educated guess” to piece together a legible code. Third-party researchers agreed. . . .

Larry Keane, “CALIFORNIA IS STARVING THE AVAILABILITY OF LAWFUL HANDGUNS,” The National Shooting Sports Foundation, May 4, 2022.
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