January 24, 2014

It Didn't Work In NY Either

Starting in 2000, NY State wasted spent millions of dollars on a "gun DNA" program whereby every semiautomatic pistol sold in the state had to be fired and the casing sent to the State Police for analysis, classification, indexing and storage. The 12 year project, called CoBIS, finally ended a year ago without ever solving a single crime.

Now California is enacting a law that attempts to do much the same thing using an unproven technology known as microstamping; major firearms manufacturers, Smith and Wesson and Ruger, will refuse to sell guns in this state.
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.”


Gorges Smythe said...

The obvious response would be for ALL gun manufacturers to refuse to sell any guns of any kind to California law enforcement agencies as long as the law stays in effect.

Doom said...

One state which recently required registration, can't remember which, realizing no one is registering, has offered an amnesty to get people to register. If people don't comply with the law, up front, the state has several choices. None of which will turn out any better.

And, Gorges, it's not just Cali. There are a number of states that need to be learned. They want top to bottom? Give it to them. For example, I will not drive through Colorado. I will not do business with any company in Colorado, or California, or New York, or several other states. I vote with all of my feet.

The first weapon God gave me was my brain. So, that is the first weapon I use.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

People control!

sig94 said...

Gorges - Law enforcement agencies are exempt from the CA law. So if a cop murders someone (don't think that hasn't happened!) they're okay with that.

sig94 said...

Doom - sounds like a plan.

sig94 said...

Odie - it all boils down to that.

Kid said...

Up next: illegal to shoot lead ammo.

It will all have to be turned in and sent to outer space since it is too dangerous to have lead in the ground.

sig94 said...

Kid - better be careful what you say, the EPA is also arming themselves.