Federal District Court in California strikes down California’s 2001 Unsafe Handgun Act

Mar 21, 2023 | Gun law court cases

The Supreme Court’s Bruen decision is working its way through the lower courts, but Democrats hope they can delay cases getting to the Supreme Court until the court’s makeup changes. What will happen to crime and suicide rates? Without states considering microstamping, decisions like this may give them second thoughts.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney in Santa Anna, California is the latest in a line of decisions striking down state gun laws following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year expanding gun rights. The judge said it would not take effect for 14 days to give the state a chance to appeal. . . .

The 2001 law, known as the Unsafe Handgun Act, requires new semiautomatic handguns to have an indicator showing when there is a round in the chamber and a mechanism to prevent firing when the magazine is not fully inserted, both meant to prevent accidental discharge. It also requires that they stamp a serial number onto bullets they fire, known as microstamping.

Brendan Pierson, “Judge blocks California law requiring safety features for handguns,” Reuters, March 20, 2023.

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