Politicians love to pass laws they ascribe to theories, and a 2007 California demand to implement microstamping has finally cleared enough of the technological hurdles to be implemented… but to what end?
A hotly contested gun-control law that was passed in 2007 is finally ready to be implemented, Attorney General Kamala Harris said Friday: a requirement that every new semiautomatic handgun contain “micro-stamping” technology that would allow police to trace a weapon from cartridges found at a crime scene.
The law, signed by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, made California the first state to require micro-stamping, which engraves the gun’s serial number on each cartridge. But the legislation specified that it would take effect only when the technology was available and all private patents had expired.
…Implementation of micro-stamping “moves California to the forefront of the nation in combatting gun crime,” said the law’s author, former Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles, who attended the news conference and is running for city attorney.
C.D. Michel, the NRA’s West Coast regional attorney, had a much grimmer prediction.
“This is not going to help solve crimes,” he said. “It’s easily defeated, easily wears out and can be used to lead police down false alleys” if the serial numbers are altered.
Worse yet, Michel said, manufacturers will be unwilling to add this expensive feature to guns sold in a single state, and will instead keep manufacturing weapons for the other states, where demand already far exceeds supply. The effect, he said, would be a ban on new semiautomatic handguns in California, which the NRA will challenge in court.
Microstamping “works” by turning the firing pin into a stamp. When the hammer comes down and the firing pin moves forward, it imprints a serial number on the primer of the cartridge.
This is great… in theory.
In reality, firing pins are easily replaceable, inexpensive parts that can readily be swapped out by any end user in less than ten minutes by any career criminal. This microstamping also wears out quickly, or can be defeated with a file or a grinder in about 30 seconds.
In short, the technology is a gimmick. So why pass it?
Democrats will claim that “any little bit helps,” and we must concede that microstamping may work on some occasions, but they didn’t push microstamping to solve crimes.
California Democrats passed microstamping for the same reason they’ve passed every gun law: to increase the cost of firearms, hoping to force the economically disadvantaged out of the market. At it’s core, in every culture, the intent of gun control is to target minorities for disarmament in order to better control them.
To it’s heart, gun control is racist, designed to disarm minorities.
This law is is just one of many confirming that fact.