Smith and Wesson fire back at California

Jan 24, 2014 11:59 PM

Smith and Wesson says it will no longer sell handguns in California because it refuses to follow a new state gun law. The situation is centered around California's Unsafe Handgun Act. The act states that any new semiautomatic pistol introduced into the state must comply with microstamping laws. Microstamping involves engraving a microscopic marking onto the tip of the firing pin and onto the breech face of a firearm. It helps police and forensic experts get information to trace a firearm to its registered owner. Smith and Wesson announced it'll stop selling new hand-gun models in California, rather than comply with the controversial law. In a news release Smith and Wesson says a number of studies have indicated that “microstamping is unreliable, serves no safety purpose, is cost prohibitive, and most importantly is not proven to aid in preventing or solving crimes.”


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