You might think that a state cannot outlaw the purchase of a firearm because the Second Amendment prevents such a prohibition, but cagey lawmakers in California have figured a way around that little "problem".
Californians who surmount the paperwork and scrutiny required to purchase a handgun can still buy any of the handguns on the current Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale. But that’s about it. As of today, all new models which manufacturers want to introduce for sale in California will need to follow the new guidelines. They’ve got to be capable of microstamping.
There’s not a single handgun manufactured in the United States that microstamps a cartridge. Not one. Why should there be? The technology is both expensive and useless (the firing pin can be replaced or sanded down in seconds) and consumers may well balk at the idea.
The Supreme Court has overruled similar scams pulled by gun grabbers in the past and they’ll probably shoot this one down as well. You can’t get around the 2nd Amendment by charging $1000 each for bullets or by only making non-existent guns legal. But, who knows? Maybe this time the liberal gun grabbers will get away with it. In any case, it will take time for the court system to rule so until then, if you want to buy a new semi-automatic handgun, I guess you’ll have to move to Texas. If gun owners in California aren’t sure how to get there, they can just follow the flood of business owners fleeing the state. [John Hawkins]