If you want an example of millions of dollars being spent to fix a problem that actually only makes matters worse, you don’t need to look any further than California’s gun microstamping law.
California’s microstamping law is now officially in effect. This law requires any semi-automatic handgun to have an identifying micro stamp to be placed on each bullet casing it fires. The stamp is placed on the firing pin to be left on the casing before ejection.
But the real question is this. Will criminals who want to use their guns to commit crimes actually USE a gun with microstamp technology?
Criminals always find ways around gun control laws
Think about it. If the bad guys know that any bullet casings they leave at a crime scene will lead directly back to them, they simply will use a different gun. And since the black market is so full of guns (even in California) it won’t be hard for them to continue committing their crimes by using non-microstamp guns.
Besides this fact it will not be hard for them to modify the microstamp that goes onto each casing. In fact, over time the stamps will wear out like a nail that has been smashed in time and time again.
Do you know how easy it will be for anyone to file down the firing pin so the microstamp is no longer visible? Or they can always just change the firing pin, which is also a very simple process.
Another burden on gun makers
But there is another problem with this law as well. It puts such a huge burden on gun manufacturers that they simply won’t make any new guns with this technology, especially since it’s only required in one state that has long been anti-gun.
California requires any new guns to have this technology built in or it will be considered illegal. So once again, the burden of these new gun control laws will be placed squarely on the shoulders of the law abiding gun owners.
Responsible gun owners once again are the ones affected
If a criminal wants to get around this new expensive implementation of law there are numerous ways to do it, and trust me, I’m not saying anything the crooks in Cali don’t already know.
Whether they shoot with a revolver or simply put a plastic bag over their gun to trap the casings, this microstamping law will be completely ineffective. It will do nothing but make guns more expensive for the responsible to buy and gun manufacturers to make.
According to the 1997 study of Federal inmates by the Department of Justice, only 15% of criminals obtained their guns from a retail store, so this means that even the guns themselves were not traceable back to the ones who used them for crime.
And if you want to sell your gun to someone else, get ready for a truck load of red tape, as your microstamp will now have to be transferred to someone else or you risk the gun being used in a crime which will lead back to you.
Microstamping could come back to hurt gun owners who have the stamps on their guns
Oh and there are MORE reasons why this law will only make matters worse. Do you go to a shooting range to practice your shot? A crook could easily grab spent bullet casings and leave them at a crime scene while using a bag over his gun. I know I try to pick up my casings when I’m done shooting at the range, but I’m sure I don’t get them all.
Gun owners don’t need another reason to despise California, but somehow the state doesn’t get it.
This law was actually voted in around 2007, but because some gun rights groups bought the patent technology to delay the effects of the law, it has taken this long for the law to finally come into effect. By the way, this law was voted in by the beloved RINO governator Arnold Schwarzenegger. Thanks to the terminator our gun rights are also being terminated.
Check out this video on microstamping and why gun owners need to band together to stop it:
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