Smith & Wesson to Stop Handgun Sales in California

By Emily Miller at the Washington Times:

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Smith & Wesson announced it will stop selling its handguns in California rather than manufacture them to comply with the new microstamping  law. The other publicly traded firearms manufacturer in the US, Sturm, Ruger, also said this month that it will stop new sales to California.

The announcement late Wednesday came a week after the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for firearms manufacturers, filed suit against California for requiring that all new semi-automatic pistols that are not already on the state’s approved gun roster have the microstamping  technology.

Microstamping is a patented process that, in theory, would have a unique code on the tip of a gun’s firing pin that would engrave that information on the casing when fired.

Smith & Wesson President and CEO James Debney said, “As our products fall off the roster due to California’s interpretation of the Unsafe Handgun Act, we will continue to work with the NRA and the NSSF to oppose this  poorly conceived law which mandates the unproven and unreliable concept of microstamping and makes it impossible for Californians to have access to the best products with the latest innovations.”

Mr. Debney added that he encourages the public to “support the NSSF’s lawsuit and other efforts to stop microstamping, before it impacts your constitutional rights.” The law was passed in 2007 but did not go into effect until May  2013.

The company reported that all M&P pistols (other than the M&P Shield) will fall off the roster by August because of performance enhancements, which will make them subject to the microstamping regulation. The M&P9c has already been taken off the list, and several more M&P models will be unavailable for Californians to purchase by the end of January.

Smith & Wesson will continue to sell revolvers, bolt action rifles and its newly-launched Shield and SDVE pistols in California.

The District of Columbia is the only other place in the country that has mandated microstamping. It was supposed to go into effect on Jan. 1, but the city council passed an emergency measure in December to postpone it until  2016.



A spokesman for Phil Mendelson, the city council chairman who wrote the D.C. law, said, “The decision to delay was made recently in order to piggyback on the California program and create more of a market for gun manufacturers.”

In other words, there were no manufacturers willing to stick this unproven contraption on their firearms, which meant no new ones could be sold in the city.

While that would fit with the District’s anti-gun agenda, the politicians are clever enough to know that banning all new guns would just help the plaintiffs in the Heller II case that is challenging all the registrations laws written in 2009.

Microstamping is simply a ban on guns. California and D.C. will have a short period to enjoy their gun grab until the courts rule that this dictate violates the Second Amendment.


So many regulations that are carefully phrased to sound like it’s about stopping the bad guys, when we know it’s more gun grabbing. It seems to me that having a unique code on the end of the firing pin is just one more thing for the bad guys to circumvent.

California is its own worst enemy. With every new gun regulation the black market and out-of-state sales goes up. It’s good that Smith & Wesson is standing their ground, but it must suck to be a gun enthusiast and live in California these days. It’s no wonder people there are heading east.


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24 Responses to Smith & Wesson to Stop Handgun Sales in California

  1. More regulations that libtards love to promote. Their plan, regulate, tax, vilify to death. Here’s a shockingly original idea: How about instead of attacking the symptoms, why don’t you ATTACK THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM?!

    • FP, attacking the root of the problem, and forcing the judiciary to follow sentencing and hospitalization guidelines would make sense. And that is a word that is totally missing from the lexicon of California legislators.

      • Place a libtard in charge of a lemonade stand in one of their cities that they run (Chicago, New York, Detroit, San Diego, etc.), and watch them try to prosper amid regulations, taxes, and crimes. That’d be good watching for one of Hollywood’s “reality” “shows”.

        • NO KIDDING!~! 😀 BOW SHOT, FP,,, Don’t forget San Francisco,,,

          • Unfortunately my brother lives in San Francisco. He works there as a computer programmer and earns over $150,000 while he’s still in his 20’s. Of course he doesn’t mind the government taking over half of it, and he doesn’t mind Obama at all. Me and my dad tried convincing him of what the government is doing, and he just calls us a bunch of conspiracy crackpots. I know that this is kind of irrelevant to what we’re talking about, but San Francisco just reminds me of him.

  2. Great article, Kathy,,, Scared hell outta me, when I saw the email, though,,, “In California” was truncated off,,, and my first thoughts were 5X rated~!

    How insane can a legislature be? Every time I think California has hit the limit, it raises the ceiling AGAIN~!

  3. I.R. Wayright says:

    So you take a couple of old empty cartridges with no stamp on them, leave them at the crime scene (with none of your finger prints of course) and pick up the ones you shot. Either that or use a revolver.
    Apaprently the CA legislators are still using the old adage “If it feels good, do it,” and applying that to passing laws that are otherwise meaningless.
    Actually, when you consider all the video cameras around these days, it is getting to be very difficult to get away with anything.

  4. Mrs AL says:

    Q: How many idiots fit on the head of a firing pin?

    A: I’ll leave that to you.

  5. I.R. Wayright says:

    Q: How many idiots fit on the head of a firing pin?
    How many pin heads are there in the California legislature?

  6. Hardnox says:

    Good for S&W. This whole notion of making people safer with micro-stamping is absurd. How do they plan on tracking the millions that don’t have micro-stamping? Outlaw them?

    It does nothing to prevent bad guys from committing crimes.

  7. Clyde says:

    Don’t find fault at all with S&W. Hell, all this will do is drive ILLEGAL gun sales, and importations, as Kathy pointed out. Morons. I.R. has it right.

  8. white531 says:

    The Second Amendment, folks. Its what they are after. It is the only thing remaining, between you and me and Communism. And they know it. They will do absolutely anything, to take it down.

    • Kind of like Thomas Jefferson said: “It won’t mean anything until they need it~!”,,, I think the quote is pretty close to exact. How right he was, White~!

    • Kathy says:

      If they’d read (and learned from) their history, they would know it’s been proven that communism doesn’t work. The pioneers tried it, it failed, they went back to Plan A. It’s going to ugly before we’re done, folks.

  9. garnet92 says:

    I think that it’s hard for us to think like them (thank God). I think that if you asked any of the libs if what they want is Communism, they’d say no. They aren’t capable of thinking far enough ahead to recognize the ramifications of what screwball things they’re doing. They don’t really care about the microstamping, it’s just one more way to impede gun sales – at least new ones. And I’ll bet that a bunch of the “geniuses” who thought this lunacy up are proud of their creation. Just one more mark against what used to be a great state.

  10. white531 says:

    Here are two of the quotes attributed to Thomas Jefferson regarding the Second Amendment. Each carries huge import for the current condition of this country. Each exhibits the extreme wisdom, of this man who authored the Constitution we live by. At least some of us.

    The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.”
    ― Thomas Jefferson

    Thomas Jefferson
    “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”
    ― Thomas Jefferson, Complete Jefferson

    He wrote these words before you and I were even born.

    Truer words were never spoken.

    • Gotta LOVE Uncle Thomas – That first one is the one I was trying to remember earlier.
      Glad you found it~!
      He, along with the other Founding Fathers, were BRILLIANT, and led by a Far Higher Power than earthbound humans~!

  11. white531 says:

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am absolutely mesmerized by the wisdom of our Founders. I am a student of History. I am fascinated by it. To even think for a moment, that such men lived, and did what they did, to create this experiment called, “America.”

    For two hundred thirty years now, it has been the shining example of what a man can do, when he is free. Why would anyone want to destroy such a thing?

    Why indeed? Why would the American people elect a President, who promised to do just that? A President who is doing everything he can do, to destroy the American Dream. He and his fat wife don’t believe in the same things you and I believe in.

    If that were all it amounted to, that Obama and I disagreed on the future of this country, it wouldn’t be a big deal. But you see, you and I don’t have a direct influence on the future of this country. He does. And he is using that Presidential influence to change what our Founders envisioned. Everything Obama stands for, goes against everything I believe in. It also goes against everything the Founders believed in. Are the American people really willing to give up Freedom, so we don’t hurt the feelings of an admitted Communist, who was born in Kenya, and wants to destroy this nation that the Founders believed we would protect and keep safe for future generations? Its something to think about.

  12. white531 says:

    Keep this in your mind. Burn it in, and make it part of your very soul.

    The Founders thought we would protect what they created. Well, have we?

  13. Buck says:

    Let ’em do it. Just think of the millions to be made in an aftermarket for non stamped firing pins!
    Most folks with a tad of savvy could change one out..