“Gun flight: Smith & Wesson, Ruger quit California over stamping requirement”
We all saw the picture of the sheeple of Connecticut lining up to register their weapons — and Geoff B has documented elsewhere the story of Maryland’s omnibus database that it shares with other states, which includes among other things lists of those states’ CCW holders, which can be matched to license plates, and voila!, coincidental traffic stops on cars registered in Florida passing through Maryland. Too, we watched as Colorado Democrat legislatures who believed “clips” were disposable and that folding stocks somehow made rifles sentient and able to turn themselves into fully automatic death machines pontificate on technology they know little about and yet seek to control, above and against the wishes of both the state and federal Constitution, forcing Magpul — a very profitable local business — to pull up stakes and relocated over the border in Wyoming and also in Texas.
We’ve witnessed Andrew Cuomo babble on about citizens who need some purging from New York — those who advocated for, among other things like restrictions on baby killing, the right to own “assault weapons” (read, any semi-automatic weapon whose magazine can hold over 7 rounds, which is really nothing more than a revolver with an extra bullet and a higher likelihood of malfunction, and without all the scary looks of contemporary firearms).
And now we have what is become a de facto ban on firearms in California. Fox News has the details (h/t Darleen):
A new gun law proponents say helps law enforcement has driven Smith & Wesson and Sturm Ruger out of California, and affirmed the suspicions of firearms rights advocates that the measure is really about making handguns obsolete.
The two companies have announced they will stop selling their wares in the nation’s most populous state rather than try to comply with a law that requires some handguns to have technology that imprints a tiny stamp on the bullet so it can be traced back to the gun. The companies, and many gun enthusiasts, say so-called “microstamping” technology is unworkable in its present form and can actually impair a gun’s performance.
“Smith & Wesson does not and will not include microstamping in its firearms,” the Springfield, Mass.,-based manufacturer said in a statement. “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.”
— Ironically, none of which it is actually intended to do anyway. What it is intended to do is make gun ownership onerous and expensive, to gentrify it and take the second amendment rights away from the majority of California citizens.
“The microstamping mandate and the company’s unwillingness to adopt this so-called technology will result in a diminishing number of Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistols available for purchase by California residents.”
Southport, Conn.-based Sturm Ruger also announced this month that they will also stop selling their guns in California due to the microstamping law.
Firearm microstamping, or ballistic imprinting, works by engraving a microscoping marking onto the tip of the firing pin. When the gun is fired, it leaves an imprint, usually of a serial number, on the bullet casings. The telltale mark theoretically allows law enforcement investigators to trace the bullet to the registered gun owner. California’s law is the first in the nation to be implemented and was originally signed into effect in October 2007, but not implemented until recently. Several other states are considering similar measures.
Law-enforcement is exempt from microstamping requirements.
Critics say tracing a bullet to a registered gun owner does little to fight crime, since criminals often kill with stolen handguns. Many believe tracing bullets was never the real intent of the law in the first place.
“This is the latest attempt to undermine the Second Amendment in California by politicians with little to no knowledge of firearms, who seek to impose their liberal values upon those who choose to protect their families with the constitutional right to own a handgun,” said Chuck Michel, West Coast Counsel for the National Rifle Association, an Adjunct Professor at Chapman University and author of the book “California Gun Laws.”
One of the main arguments critics pose is the claim that the technology is not perfected, yet the requirement has been put into effect.
“The technology doesn’t fully exist yet, but by making it into a law, they [California] in fact enacted a gun law without actually passing one,” David Kopel, a constitutional law professor at the Denver University Sturm College of Law and Research Director of the Independence Institute, told FoxNews.com. “This is an indirect way to ban new handguns from being sold.”
And that’s the point. You will assimilate. Although I’m reminded of Jeff Goldblum’s chaos theory scientist in Jurassic Park, when he tries to warn those willing to build their own organic ecosystems and control them that “nature finds a way.”
— Which is why the move is on to stop 3-D printing and the like. Just another finger in the dyke that cannot and will not stop the movement of weapons in and out of the hands of private citizens.
Because the truth is, millions upon millions of handguns are already in circulation in the US, and if push comes to shove hundreds of thousands of citizens will learn to break these down to their component functions, study the design, and replicate them using all sort of easily available material. And bullets capable of inflicting damage can be made from any number of substances and pressed in any number of configurations — the scope of which will grow should gun owners be forced to adjust how they obtain and use material.
So while the California tyrants seek to immunize themselves from the potential long-term repercussions of enslaving their citizens by leaving them unarmed and vulnerable to both criminals and a police state (law enforcement is exempted from the microstamping requirement, which means S&W and Ruger should, in good conscience, refuse to sell to those states’ law enforcement agencies) — and by extension, giving other blue states ideas about how to do same — they are really only forcing the logistical changes I long ago predicted that will create the scenario for a soft civil war, in which one side is self-sufficient and properly armed, and the other is going to have to fight battles with squadrons of paper airplanes made of red tape and useless regulations that lose their teeth once people decide not to follow them.
But no worries. Perhaps Professor Brian Kiteley and his sneering ilk, who sought to distance himself from my outlanding claim about what was an essential performative of the right of assembly written geographically, can step in and shame all we mouthbreathing bigots into surrendering to the Utopian borg they so long for. By, for instance, reducing the south to a caricature of xenophobic and homophobic hillbillies, all while extolling the virtues of the masterminds whose brains are so superior that they can outperform the distributed brain power of millions of individuals with millions of ideas taking millions of chances that lead to new technological and medical and social advances.
Because of their having read Walter Benjamin, and given presentations at the MLA convention on the phallic oppressiveness incorporated into the prose of the Yellow Wallpaper in order to make its structural composition reinforce its thematic projection.
Hell, with knowledge like that, why shouldn’t you be able to take over the economic system, law, revise the Constitution on the fly, and herd the masses about like your own little playthings?