BREAKING: New Guns Essentially BANNED in California as Microstamping Law Takes Effect

May 19 2013
by GSL Staff
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Nearly six years after it was signed into law, California’s new microstamping law is now officially in effect.

The law requires any new or modified guns sold in California to have technology which will place a microstamp on each shell casing expelled from the gun which would be able to tie shell casings to a particular firearm.

Guns currently on the state’s allowed firearms list (about 1200 models of firearms) are exempt. However, as no new guns will be added to the list that do not possess the technology the law is seen as an effective ban on new models of firearms as manufacturers aren’t likely to invest in the expensive technology required simply to sell guns in one state.

The law was originally singed in 2007, but due to patent issues the law did not actually go into effect until this month due to patent issues. The Calguns Foundation (a California grassroots gun rights organization) actually bought the patent to keep the technology from being used to implement the law.

According to,

“Manufactures are not going to create a special run of firearms with all of these very burdensome manufacturing technologies just so they can comply and produce firearms for one market,” said Brandon Combs, executive director of the Calguns Foundation, a gun rights group based in San Carlos, Calif.

The Calguns Foundation extended a patent by paying a $555 fee, Combs said. He said the group was planning to conduct an “audit” of the state Department of Justice to determine whether the patents were truly “unencumbered.” The group has challenged requirements of the state’s handgun roster as unconstitutional in a federal court filing.

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