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The Micro Management of Gun Control Stretches Dreams Beyond Reality

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 — Feel good legislation is the promise of the future. Despite the little good that it does, it paints a pretty picture of what gun controllers like to refer to as the solution to an epidemic of gun violence. In that dressing it sells well to the unattached public as good medicine and lets them continue to drop reasonable coin into the accounts of anti-gun groups who, without big bucks from the Bloomberg contingent, might otherwise be begging for cash on street corners.

This year the legislation du jour is universal background checks in a few states, most prominently Maine and Nevada. But in California the liberals are taking it a step further by initiating background checks for ammunition buyers whether they make their purchase in gun shops, at gun shows, or online.  Now that sounds like real progress in the war against crime since criminals will have to become more creative as to how they’ll find new methods of acquiring ammo for their own self-defense. By stealing it, maybe?

Taking things a bit farther, in 2013 California passed a law that prohibited the sale of handguns that came without microstamping on the firing pin.  Sound like a really good crime fighting tool. So how has that worked out? Well, it hasn’t exactly, because gun manufacturers said the technology would be too expensive and the state of California nor anyone else has come up with proof that microstamping would be fail safe. Not to be deterred, the law is the law, and if the gun makers don’t like it they can just take their guns and sell them somewhere else. Which is exactly what they did. Smith & Wesson, Ruger, and soon Colt, among others, no longer sell handguns in California. Which, by the way, was the whole idea in the first place. See? Gun control does work after all.

For a more technical treasure of information on microstamping, we highly recommend the piece that appeared in the gun blog Bearing Arms, written by its editor Bob Owens. You can find it here.

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