I don’t know if you’ve noticed lately, but since the passing of the “California Safe Handgun” act, or whatever the hell it’s called (it requires all new semi automatic handguns sold in California needs to have technology called micro-stamping included that distinctly mark the cartridge used) Anyway, several manufacturers have already said they are going to discontinue selling handguns to California because of this, Ruger and Smith and Wesson. Well, what you may not know is that there are hundreds of handguns ready to expire off the list this year, the image above is only a few. Check out the California Approved Handgun Roster
Just search for all firearms, and you’ll notice pretty quickly that 90% of them are expiring at some point this year. What does this mean? It means that unless these manufactures adopt California’s ridiculous requirements for handguns, they will begin falling off the list, and you won’t be able to purchase a new one in California. Which means eventually, with no new guns coming into California, you won’t be able to buy one, because no one will be selling theirs in a private party transaction since they can’t get anything else.
Write to your congressmen and tell them to overturn this ridiculous law requiring this micro-stamping. The list seems to be up to date, I didn’t see Lealand Yee on it.
So, I am a big fan of the free market. I believe that if you let it loose it can fix a lot of things that the government tries to fix by regulation and decree. That is what is happening in California with our handguns. All new handguns are required to have “micro-stamping” technology included in their design. This is to “help law enforcement” track down handguns that have been used in a crime. It does this by stamping the shell casing with a unique alpha numeric sequence that identifies the gun that a particular shell came from. Now, there are all sorts of issues with this tech, that I won’t get into in this post, but there is another solution that could be a good compromise.
That is the so called “Smart Gun”. To be honest, I am not a fan of this just yet. I think it has a lot to prove, but it could be a good thing, but we will likely never know. Why is that? It’s because the government, in all it’s wisdom, has seen fit to make this into a law “as soon as the technology is available”. That didn’t say “once the tech has been proven to work” or anything like that. So, someone somewhere, will decide that the tech is available and that means that it will become a requirement at some point, whether it’s ready or not.
That is not the way the free market works. The free market says that not before it is ready, and cheap enough that people will buy it, will it be released for sale. That means that companies can put these things through their paces, work up a good design, do some market research to find out what people want, and release a product that functions as it should and meets a need. Currently there really isn’t a need for these smart handguns, save here in California eventually. Which means there are very few companies (one as of this writing) that are making something like this, and it’s not particularly useful at the moment (only comes in .22 cal)
So all the government is ensuring is that a substandard “smart gun”, which will undoubtedly be re-named a “dumb gun” (or something more witty) that no one likes but everyone has to buy because the government says you have to. That will in turn endanger the lives of the people that will depend on those guns to work every time.
I don’t think it’s a bad idea to develop a smart gun, I think it’s a bad idea for a government to mandate that one is now required.
This will likely go on for a while longer, but Calgunlaws just posted a press release from San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore regarding the 3 judge panel who ruled that the right to bear arms applies to outside the home. That should translate to a shall issue policy for concealed carry permits.
Judge Gore said he will not seek an En Banc review which basically means that he won’t request that it be reviewed by the entire 9th circuit court.
It’s good news and a step in the right direction certainly, but we still have a ways to go.
Read the press release here
Frustrating, albeit unsurprising.
A judge on Wednesday upheld San Francisco’s ban on gun magazines that can hold more than 10 bullets, the latest in long series of court rulings grappling with gun rights in the U.S.
Judge Alsup, in refusing the National Rifle Association’s demand to stop the San Francisco ban from going into effect on April 7, noted that four other courts across the country upheld similar bans in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Connecticut and New York.
Read the whole article from the SF Examiner