Smith & Wesson pulls out of California over microstamping

posted at 5:01 pm on January 26, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

California is providing a valuable lesson for defenders of Second Amendment rights around the country this year. Having failed to convince the courts that guns should be outright banned, they’ve done an end around move and passed a law which makes it so prohibitively expensive to produce their product that at least one major manufacturer is just going to stop selling some of their weapons there.

Gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson refused Thursday to comply with California’s controversial “microstamping” law, causing more of its products to fall off the state’s permissible firearms list and be ineligible for sale.

In a two-page statement on its website, Smith & Wesson criticized Assembly Bill 1471, which requires new or redesigned semiautomatic weapons to carry microstamping technology, imprinting its make, model and serial number onto shell casings when a bullet is fired.

Though the law was passed in 2007, language in the legislation stipulated it would go into effect when the necessary technology was widely available. It was not enacted until May 2013.

Critics argue that the technology is flawed. In its statement, Smith & Wesson said “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.”

“Smith & Wesson does not and will not include microstamping in its firearms,” the statement said. “The microstamping mandate and the company’s unwillingness to adopt this so-called technology will result in a diminishing number of Smith & Wesson semiautomatic pistols available for purchase by California residents.”

Microstamping is notoriously unreliable as a means of tracing weapons used in crimes, adds a huge cost burden to the manufacturer and the consumer, and can be easily thwarted by most criminals with even a rudimentary knowledge of mechanics and the ability to use a common file.

Over at Townhall,you can view a video report, including an interview with one gun shop owner who explains why this is a covert attack on Second Amendment rights hiding under the guise of enhanced law enforcement capacity. (Warning: The video is autoplay, so keep that in mind before clicking.)

Obviously the law’s author is proclaiming that of course this has nothing to do with the Second Amendment! They’re not trying to deny your right to keep and bear arms… they’re just trying to keep you safe. But as Smith & Wesson’s statement shows, the result is the same. By passing this law, California has effectively found a way to ban the sale of hand guns while still giving the appearance of allowing them. Sure… you can sell your hand guns here. You’re just going to have to re-tool your manufacturing process and drive the cost of the weapons to a prohibitive level.

Score one for the gun grabbers. Be on the lookout for similar legislation to to be brought up in state legislatures in blue states across the country.


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It’s not just Smith and Wesson. Ruger is out too.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/01/26/smith-wesson-to-stop-selling-some-pistols-in-california-due-to-gun-law/

Hopefully Glock will follow. They need to halt sales to California law enforcement as well. They should only sell to law enforcement what the tyrants on Sacramento deems acceptable to its subjects. 6 round revolvers and pump shotguns. No more semiatuos of any kind should be sold to the enforcers of these stupid laws.

jawkneemusic on January 26, 2014 at 5:08 PM

What part of “shall not be infringed” don’t you friggin’ get, California?!!!!

NavyMustang on January 26, 2014 at 5:10 PM

NO SALES to state or local government either.

NO EXCEPTIONS.

TX-96 on January 26, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Oh yeah? Just wait & see how much gun violence plummets….

/s

roy_batty on January 26, 2014 at 5:10 PM

What part of “shall not be infringed” don’t you friggin’ get, California?!!!!

NavyMustang on January 26, 2014 at 5:10 PM

They DONT CARE.

TX-96 on January 26, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Yes, move all the small arms and ammunition factories to the South.

DFCtomm on January 26, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Any dullard can simply remove the firing pin and file off the serial number or buy an after market firing pin. These politicians need to go.

jawkneemusic on January 26, 2014 at 5:15 PM

This is the difference between The Left and everyone else. They simply march on to their goals, cutting swaths of destruction to reach whatever utopian goal they have.

SouthernGent on January 26, 2014 at 5:16 PM

This will likely lead to desperate cops to frame law abiding citizens. Who’s to say some corrupt cop or district attorney won’t go collect a few shell casings at a local shooting range and use it to prosecute an innocent person just to get a case solved.

jawkneemusic on January 26, 2014 at 5:17 PM

TX-96 on January 26, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Before long police weapons will need replacement, but they won’t be able to get any. Meanwhile crooks will arm up. May the people of California enjoy the interesting experiment they have undertaken.

dogsoldier on January 26, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Yes, move all the small arms and ammunition factories to the South.

DFCtomm on January 26, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Or New Hampshire. No sales tax here, to boot.

dogsoldier on January 26, 2014 at 5:18 PM

So glad I shook the CA dust off my heels in 2005 when I left San Diego. It used to be a great place to live…

OmahaConservative on January 26, 2014 at 5:20 PM

…so it will just be stabbing and shotgun deaths?

KOOLAID2 on January 26, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Before long police weapons will need replacement,…
dogsoldier on January 26, 2014 at 5:17 PM

non-nonpartisan said yesterday guns are not necessary.

CWchangedhisNicagain on January 26, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Seriously, I have no problem whatsoever for it being impossible for citizens in the blue states to arm themselves. They deserve what they get.

ButterflyDragon on January 26, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Good for S&W. They got some heat back in the mid 90s over oking some other legislation but it’s time to draw a line

jaywemm on January 26, 2014 at 5:22 PM

So what stops somebody from picking up a spent microstamped shell casing from somebody else’s pistol, committing a crime, and dropping that casing at the crime scene?

Mark1971 on January 26, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Or New Hampshire. No sales tax here, to boot.

dogsoldier on January 26, 2014 at 5:18 PM

The same state that can’t make up its mind about whether or not it wants Carol Che Porter as representation?

Lanceman on January 26, 2014 at 5:25 PM

May the people of California enjoy the interesting experiment they have undertaken.

dogsoldier on January 26, 2014 at 5:17 PM

There is a lot more experimenting going on that we haven’t heard about. Mexicans north and south of the border forming militias? That sounds stable, but funny you don’t hear much about that, not even here. I wonder why.

DFCtomm on January 26, 2014 at 5:28 PM

So what stops somebody from picking up a spent microstamped shell casing from somebody else’s pistol, committing a crime, and dropping that casing at the crime scene?

Mark1971 on January 26, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Or the shooter could simply clean up after himself as well.

CWchangedhisNicagain on January 26, 2014 at 5:28 PM

HotAir continue to ignore that a Dem controlled legislature has put California in the black under Jerry Brown.

libfreeordie on January 26, 2014 at 5:29 PM

So the criminals in Kalifornia will make a “killing” by selling black-market off the books weapons.

I can’t wait to hear the libs go but, but, but – sales of non microstamped guns were banned in California….

redguy on January 26, 2014 at 5:30 PM

HotAir continue to ignore that a Dem controlled legislature has put California in the black under Jerry Brown.

libfreeordie on January 26, 2014 at 5:29 PM

I expect better out of you. You know why they are in the black or at least you should. California instituted a tax break for certain types of businesses and a few years later it was ruled against the constitution, state I believe, and California in all it’s wisdom decreed that since it was unconstitutional that it never existed so all those that took, legal, advantage of it had to pay all those back taxes. I imagine they even charged them interest and penalties, but I’m not certain. That is why for this one year California is in the black. It’s because of a massive robbery of the people that took advantage of a legal tax break.

DFCtomm on January 26, 2014 at 5:34 PM

In related news, a record number of gun store applications have been received by the Nevada Corporation Commission, and all appear to be with 10 miles of the Nevada-California border.

Cause – effect

BobMbx on January 26, 2014 at 5:36 PM

HotAir continue to ignore that a Dem controlled legislature has put California in the black under Jerry Brown.

libfreeorgan on January 26, 2014 at 5:29 PM

…give us a run down “on the books”…birdbrain!

KOOLAID2 on January 26, 2014 at 5:38 PM

They keep telling us that there will be a horrible earthquake and California will disappear into the Pacific Ocean…. Is there a way to speed this up?

roux on January 26, 2014 at 5:38 PM

HotAir continue to ignore that a Dem controlled legislature has put California in the black under Jerry Brown.

libfreeordie on January 26, 2014 at 5:29 PM

http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21595005-california-has-won-breathing-space-under-jerry-brown-now-he-should-tackle-taxes-debt-and-red

Yet California is not cured; it has swapped acute problems for chronic ones. Three stand out; and worryingly, Mr Brown seems little inclined to tackle any of them. First is the state’s precarious tax structure. More than perhaps any other state, California relies on a small number of very wealthy people to pay for its public services. This year income taxes from the richest 1% (including capital gains) may account for one-third of the state’s general fund. When the stockmarket is booming, as it is now, the state’s coffers spill over. But when things turn nasty capital-gains tax revenues plummet and the treasury is starved. Mr Brown understands the harm that such volatility causes, but resists serious tax reform; instead he has proposed a rainy-day fund. This is, at best, a palliative.

California’s second problem is a mountain of liabilities: some $355 billion, mostly in the form of unfunded promises to provide pensions and health care to retired public servants. Mr Brown’s budget chips away at this debt mountain, but mainly at the short-term bit. CalSTRS, the teachers’ pension fund, is a particular worry; by one estimate it has enough money to last only until the mid-2020s. Yet Mr Brown proposes merely to begin discussing the problem this year. Meanwhile, the CalSTRS unfunded liabilities grow by $22m a day.

The third problem is perhaps the most serious: a crisis of poverty and social immobility, particularly among Latinos (who will soon be the state’s biggest ethnic group). Under the Census Bureau’s “supplemental poverty measure”, which includes cost-of-living adjustments and non-cash benefits, California has America’s highest poverty rate: almost a quarter of its 38m residents cannot pay for basic necessities. California has always drawn in poor immigrants, but upward mobility seems to be stalling. In some inland regions unemployment is in double digits and schoolchildren struggle to read. Hardly anyone in Sacramento is even thinking about these issues.

Didn’t the stock market lose about 480 points on Thursday & Friday?

With a democrat majority in Kalifornia – the budget will slide back into the red…..

redguy on January 26, 2014 at 5:38 PM

TX-96 on January 26, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Of course, Law Enforcement is exempt from the (full retard) microstamping law.
S&W can’t stop 3rd parties from selling to CA LE, even if they wanted to.
So yeah, no.

Kenosha Kid on January 26, 2014 at 5:39 PM

libfreeordie on January 26, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Wrong. As usual.

Kenosha Kid on January 26, 2014 at 5:42 PM

HotAir continue to ignore that a Dem controlled legislature has put California in the black under Jerry Brown.

libfreeordie on January 26, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Moonbeam claimed that a year ago. But has it actually happened? Just did a Google search and most of the stories claiming that are over 1 year old.

Maybe not.

According to Moody’s Investors Service, California’s long-term debt is still well above the national median by all indicators considered. Per capita debt is over double the national average of $1,074. Debt as a percentage of personal income and debt as a percentage of GDP are both above five percent, also double the national average.

California is particularly vulnerable to downturns in the business cycle because a large percentage of the state income relies on income and capital gains tax revenue from the wealthy. Sixty-three percent of general-fund revenues come from the richest one percent of Californians. The income-tax rise has exacerbated this dependency on the one percent.

The private sector will continue to have to pay for the bloated public sector as the gnarly wave of promised pensions crashes onto the shore. The shrinking birth rate and the increase in the population of retired baby boomers means that the pension problem is the real “quandary” facing California. For example, the pension fund of the teacher’s union alone requires $4.5 billion more a year. That’s the entire budget surplus right there.

Furthermore, the Prop 30 sales tax hike and income tax increase are set to expire in 2016 and 2018 respectively. The federal payroll-tax cut is also scheduled to expire soon, which will hinder consumer spending and shrink the projected sales-tax revenues.

Long-term debt projections show that while California is temporarily back in the black, they are still on the highway to fiscal hell.

To be fair, Hot Air has also ignored that a new Republican Governor in the Blue State of Wisconsin just announced a $977 million budget surplus.

He’s going to use that surplus for a rainy day fund, and also to cut taxes. Your fellow Democrats are demanding that he spend it instead on their entitlement programs.

“BACKWARDS!”

Del Dolemonte on January 26, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Just the California teachers’ pension system by itself has a $80 billion unfunded liability that the Democrats haven’t even begun to address.

Mark1971 on January 26, 2014 at 5:50 PM

To be fair, Hot Air has also ignored that a new Republican Governor in the Blue State of Wisconsin just announced a $977 million budget surplus.

Del Dolemonte on January 26, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Yes, I’ve noticed that Hot Air has had nothing on this and it pisses me of.

Mark1971 on January 26, 2014 at 5:51 PM

That’s OK. libdie believes Clinton left a surplus because TV told him.

Lanceman on January 26, 2014 at 5:52 PM

. Be on the lookout for similar legislation to to be brought up in state legislatures in blue states across the country.

Lesson learned: Don’t live in or set up business in a Blue state.

More and more folks are on THAT bandwagon, search economic stats of TX vs. NY, CA.

Heh, go figure….people want liberty and freedom. Sorta like 1776, eh?

Who is John Galt on January 26, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Del Dolemonte on January 26, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Yes, I’ve noticed that Hot Air has had nothing on this and it pisses me of.

Mark1971 on January 26, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Because fiscal sanity is just not click-bait. And both you and Del know that.

Lanceman on January 26, 2014 at 5:53 PM

HotAir continue to ignore that a Dem controlled legislature has put California in the black under Jerry Brown.

libfreeordie on January 26, 2014 at 5:29 PM

I guess it is easier posting that than staying on subject.

CWchangedhisNicagain on January 26, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Because fiscal sanity is just not click-bait. And both you and Del know that.

Lanceman on January 26, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Yep, I know.

Mark1971 on January 26, 2014 at 5:55 PM

libfreeordie on January 26, 2014 at 5:29 PM

This is at least the 2nd time you have pulled this trick you dishonest piece of sh*t. You want that as a post – send it to the tips email.
You’re subhuman. What a freak.

CWchangedhisNicagain on January 26, 2014 at 5:58 PM

HotAir continue to ignore that a Dem controlled legislature has put California in the black under Jerry Brown.

libfreeordie on January 26, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Then move there you fluking clown.

jawkneemusic on January 26, 2014 at 5:59 PM

libfree is proof that while you can buy a degree, you cannot buy intelligence or a quality education.

cozmo on January 26, 2014 at 6:03 PM

I have lived in CA my whole life. My state is a state where every liberal wet dream has come true. CA will declare bankruptcy within 2 years. Unless Soetero bails them out.

Old eagle on January 26, 2014 at 6:03 PM

This will likely lead to desperate cops to frame law abiding citizens. Who’s to say some corrupt cop or district attorney won’t go collect a few shell casings at a local shooting range and use it to prosecute an innocent person just to get a case solved.

jawkneemusic on January 26, 2014 at 5:17 PM

In that case they would have to have fingerprints.

HiJack on January 26, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Del Dolemonte on January 26, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Yes, I’ve noticed that Hot Air has had nothing on this and it pisses me of.

Mark1971 on January 26, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Because fiscal sanity is just not click-bait. And both you and Del know that.

Lanceman on January 26, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Well, a thread on this would be click-worthy just by leaving out all of the hard budget numbers, and simply remembering all of the ways the Democrats and their Media tried to destroy Governor Walker. Remember how they were going to recall him?

Del Dolemonte on January 26, 2014 at 6:21 PM

HotAir continue to ignore that a Dem controlled legislature has put California in the black under Jerry Brown.

libfreeordie on January 26, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Your an idiot! We’ve got MASSIVELY underfunded pension systems for teachers and government workers.

Yeah, we came out in ‘the black’ this year. BUT NO ONE in the state capitol will say how much of that “extra money” was due to the “temporary” increase in taxes and how much was actually an increase in state income.

GarandFan on January 26, 2014 at 6:26 PM

passed a law which makes it so prohibitively expensive to produce their product that at least one major manufacturer is just going to stop selling some of their weapons there.

I doubt think they are pulling out of those sales because they are prohibitively expensive

It is a matter of principle not to make a weapon that becomes a form of gun registration, yet provides inadequate protection to the owner of being falsely connected by the imperfect fingerprint of those guns. There would be liability attached and there are better court cases to take on

They would be fools to sell them. California can legislate against magazines, or certain ammo, etc. The state is already going down the toilet.

If I recall S&W capitulated on trigger locks real fast. Look where it got them.

Heck, Bill Clinton praised them when they capitulated
“Smith & Wesson stuck their neck out here,” Clinton said. “I think all of us, including the federal government, in our procurement policies – if we are really serious about making America safer – ought to send a clear signal that we appreciate what they did. This is a happy day.”

NRA Mar 2000:“It would appear that this particular gun maker is willing to sacrifice the rights of gun owners and its own First Amendment right . . . in order to eliminate the threat of federal suits that don’t exist and to end suits filed by cities that keep getting thrown out of court,” the organization said.

entagor on January 26, 2014 at 6:26 PM

It should be incessantly stated that these laws are not based on crime statistics. Stop the pretense that gun laws have anything to do with decreasing violence.

HellCat on January 26, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Lolz!

Bmore on January 26, 2014 at 6:39 PM

They keep telling us that there will be a horrible earthquake and California will disappear into the Pacific Ocean…. Is there a way to speed this up?

Sawzall. BIG Sawzalls. And lots ‘n lots of wood wedges.
Tell you what: I’ll start closer to my end, around Yuma, and you can get moving up on the Oregon end.
Meet you somewhere along the Nevada border.

After all, California isn’t going to just leap off the continent by itSELF, y’know…

orangemtl on January 26, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Remember how they were going to recall him?

Del Dolemonte on January 26, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Now that was click-bait.

Lanceman on January 26, 2014 at 7:06 PM

These manufacturers need to refuse to sell to law enforcement any guns they cannot lawfully sell to the public in the relevant jurisdiction. When cops can’t buy reliable side-arms, rifles & shotguns anymore, the political pressure on Democrats will mount. Pretty much everyone knows by now that gun control is about politics rather than safety; so you just need to apply the right kind of pressure and the gun-grabbers will be forced to back off.

Outlander on January 26, 2014 at 7:13 PM

S&W can’t stop 3rd parties from selling to CA LE, even if they wanted to.
So yeah, no.

Kenosha Kid on January 26, 2014 at 5:39 PM

They could make it a violation of any distributor agreements to do so, if they want to.

Midas on January 26, 2014 at 7:23 PM

They keep telling us that there will be a horrible earthquake and California will disappear into the Pacific Ocean…. Is there a way to speed this up?

roux on January 26, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Theoretically, it’s being pushed into and under the Continent, and is probably the source of volcanism at Yellowstone. Too bad. Falling into the Ocean would be spectacular.

libfreeordie on January 26, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Over $300,000,000,000 in unfunded liability is not my idea of “in the black”.

S. D. on January 26, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Not to fret ….you can always get a Smith or Glock in Watts.

jarhead0311 on January 26, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Of course, Law Enforcement is exempt from the (full retard) microstamping law.
S&W can’t stop 3rd parties from selling to CA LE, even if they wanted to.
So yeah, no.

Kenosha Kid on January 26, 2014 at 5:39 PM

LE doesn’t go down to the corner gun store and pay retail, by law they have to have contracts with the manufacturers. It is entirely within S&W’s rights to refuse service if they wish.

James on January 26, 2014 at 8:39 PM

From February 2015: As California’s crime rate skyrockets against unarmed citizens unable to afford firearms for self-defense, lawmakers debate rescinding cost prohibitive micro stamping law.

Liberalism is a mental disease.

locomotivebreath1901 on January 26, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Yes, move all the small arms and ammunition factories to the South.

DFCtomm on January 26, 2014 at 5:14 PM
Or New Hampshire. No sales tax here, to boot.

dogsoldier on January 26, 2014 at 5:18 PM

No move them to the South , Southwest, or Central plains. That way they will be in our control when the split comes.

Old Country Boy on January 26, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Ronnie Barrett ditched California a few years ago over his .50 cal designs.

otcconan on January 26, 2014 at 9:14 PM

HotAir continue to ignore that a Dem controlled legislature has put California in the black under Jerry Brown.

libfreeordie on January 26, 2014 at 5:29 PM

So says Moonbeam and his lapdog media. (Obama – California style)

This is no more true than you can keep your medical insurance.

They have some one time bumps because of quick tax increases. This will disappear as the private sector adjusts.

They have moved some budget items into later years, but still spend the money now.

They are still borrowing at a record rate and can’t sell bonds at the rate required to balance a future budget.

It’s Obamanomics at the state level.

Businesses and skilled labor and professionals continue to leave the state.

Saying the Dem legislature and Moonbeam put the state in the black is akin to saying that Bill Clinton balanced the federal budget without admitting the role of Gingrinch and Republicans.

InterestedObserver on January 26, 2014 at 9:14 PM

I could give 2 shits what any blue state does.

Don’t live in one and never will

Eph on January 26, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Yes, move all the small arms and ammunition factories to the South.

DFCtomm on January 26, 2014 at 5:14 PM

And where exactly do you think all of these Californians, New Yorkers, New Jersians, etc. are moving to?

They’ve already made Southern states too afraid to even display the Confederate battle flag. They’re making the Southern states into carbon copies of the places where they moved from.

It’s a wash in the long run.

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 26, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Assembly Bill 1471, which requires new or redesigned semiautomatic weapons to carry microstamping technology, imprinting its make, model and serial number onto shell casings when a bullet is fired.

Gotta be able to identify the gun and the owner of every shot fired anywhere, even when the shots are fired legally and on private property, say the big government loving gun grabbing gun haters. So what if it makes guns outrageously expensive and can be easily circumvented and made uselessly irrelevant and inadmissible as evidence by bad guys who use guns to do bad things.

The same people think it is really, really outrageous — and probably racist — to require people to provide identification before voting. Obtaining such identification may impose too great a financial burden poor people.

farsighted on January 26, 2014 at 9:53 PM

…. by law they have to have contracts with the manufacturers….

James on January 26, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Interesting.

Kenosha Kid on January 26, 2014 at 10:24 PM

The key to attacking this is not just for firearms companies to withdraw from the law enforcement market in California. It is for the manufacturers to void the warranties on any LEO firearms they make, and withdraw their certifications for gunsmiths working on California LEO weapons. You bet your tuchus that the liability insurance companies would have conniption fits over that. The liability risks of improperly maintained or repaired weapons would make insurance rates soar.

Subotai Bahadur on January 26, 2014 at 10:24 PM

HotAir continue to ignore that a Dem controlled legislature has put California in the black under Jerry Brown.

libfreeordie on January 26, 2014 at 5:29 PM

In the black?! Hahahahahahaha.

Jaibones on January 26, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Geez, Jazz … You need to catch up.

Another Drew on January 26, 2014 at 10:31 PM

The solution to this are revolvers, lots and lots of revolvers – and speed-loaders/moon-clips.
Think Josey Wales pulling revolver after revolver from his clothes after each one runs dry.

Another Drew on January 26, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Theoretically, it’s being pushed into and under the Continent, and is probably the source of volcanism at Yellowstone. Too bad. Falling into the Ocean would be spectacular.

So you’re telling me I need to choke on volcanic ash in order to watch California dump into the pacific?

OK.

WryTrvllr on January 26, 2014 at 11:57 PM

libfree is proof that while you can buy get a degree, based on hue alone, you cannot buy intelligence or a quality education. See also obama.

cozmo on January 26, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Now it’s accurate.

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2014 at 12:05 AM

libfree and obama is are proof that while you can buy get a degree, based on hue alone, you cannot buy intelligence or a quality education. See also obama.

cozmo on January 26, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Now it’s accurate.

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2014 at 12:05 AM

Now it’s really accurate.

Lanceman on January 27, 2014 at 12:15 AM

The company is not the first to take such action. The National Shooting Sports Foundation — which has sued the state over the law — said gun manufacturer Sturm, Ruger & Co. would also allow its products to fall off California’s list of guns allowable for sale.

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2014 at 12:30 AM

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2014 at 12:30 AM

Sounds like retreat.

How does depriving the 30% or so of Californians who still have a brain of the right to self defense help any of the rest of us.

Adjust the tooling. Charge them more. Or go long Pedersoli.

WryTrvllr on January 27, 2014 at 12:53 AM

And they could always donate those profits to the NRA-ILA.

Alternatively, you could flood the California market with cheap steel cased russian ammo.

WryTrvllr on January 27, 2014 at 12:56 AM

Better yet, couldn’t Remington reintroduce their 700 ETX (was it the etx?) No case. Electronic ignition. Should be doable. Incinerate everything.

WryTrvllr on January 27, 2014 at 1:27 AM

In gun control, as in abortion, gay marriage, porno, wealth confiscation, Obamacare, an their entire panoply of evils, they always must in following the code of all deceivers; first paint what they do in a glow of goodness.
Safety, my butt. This is about eliminating all possible armed resistance to the evil they seek to impose upon an unwilling society.
Only the truly naïve don’t see this for what it is, other than their own morally corrupt interest groups.

Don L on January 27, 2014 at 6:02 AM

Funny, how this has all the elements of the Pennyslvania Voter ID law that was rejected by the courts because the state could not prove it actually served to solve a problem.

J_Crater on January 27, 2014 at 6:23 AM

To be fair, Hot Air has also ignored that a new Republican Governor in the Blue State of Wisconsin just announced a $977 million budget surplus.

Del Dolemonte on January 26, 2014 at 5:44 PM

I’ve notice this drift left also. Is it to go all in for Christie?

crash72 on January 27, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Ca has already banned all 1911-style pistols for lack of a magazine safety. This means Kimber is out; how long before Colt gets the message?
Are all choices going to be limited to Kel-Tec? They seem to be willing to design around the laws.

mad scientist on January 27, 2014 at 7:06 AM

So you’re telling me I need to choke on volcanic ash in order to watch California dump into the pacific?

OK.

WryTrvllr on January 26, 2014 at 11:57 PM

The Juan de Fuca plate is the cause for the Cascade range of volcanoes.

Yellowstone is a separately moving hotspot (or more correctly it stays in place and the continent moves over it) which started out going up through basalt from the subducted Juan de Fuca plate causing the flood basalts of the Scablands of OR and WA… then around the Snake River it ran out of that and started using the crustal plate material which has no water incorporated in it and is pretty sticky stuff. You can trace its path from OR and WA by following this rather large valley that is like a finger smearing mountains out of the way.

Yellowstone is nasty. Take the fallout from the Mt. St. Helens explosion and consider that to be a sugar cube. Put that into a box of same size sugar cubes. Put that and similar boxes into a crate 3′ on a side: that is the size of the last Yellowstone eruption. It left 10′ of ash… on the coastal regions of the Gulf of Mexico and 3′ of ash up near the Hudson Bay in Ontario, Canada. A similar amount in TN, KY… you can date the layers by their chemistry and radioactive components… and about 6-8′ into northern Mexico and CA.

California has a strike-slip fault with oceanic plate that is moving laterally up the coast. In a few million years you will be able to drive from that coastal strip right to Alaska.

Mind you the Cascadian thrust fault causes tsunamis and magnitude 9 quakes lasting for up to 5 minutes from central OR on the coast all the way up to southern Alaska. That is part of the North American plate movement… you can kiss SeaTac good-bye when that happens. Vancouver BC too. Portland OR won’t be too happy. And then the tsunami hits, won’t that be fun?

CA might be able to handle a ‘Big One’ from LA to SF. No one has anything in place for the Cascadia Fault. And there is nothing, nada, zilch you can do about the effects of Yellowstone which will be global in nature. That will be a bad time to be a life form on Rock 3 from the Star Sol.

ajacksonian on January 27, 2014 at 7:37 AM

ajacksonian on January 27, 2014 at 7:37 AM

It DOES make Mr. Gore’s idea of taxing the living H#ll out of everyone to prevent “climate change” rather insignificant, eh?

Turtle317 on January 27, 2014 at 8:57 AM

HotAir continue to ignore that a Dem controlled legislature has put California in the black under Jerry Brown.

libfreeordie on January 26, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Actually, they already have plans to spend that black… so it will be in the red soon enough. The problem is that liberals just aren’t financially literate enough.

dominigan on January 27, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Yes, move all the small arms and ammunition factories to the South.

DFCtomm on January 26, 2014 at 5:14 PM

And won’t that be an interesting shift from 150 years ago? Perhaps a decisive one if events play out into certain scenarios.

GWB on January 27, 2014 at 10:05 AM

ajacksonian on January 27, 2014 at 7:37 AM

Does that mean I don’t need to throw back the cutthroats and yellowstones anymore?

WryTrvllr on January 27, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Or the shooter could simply clean up after himself as well.

CWchangedhisNicagain on January 26, 2014 at 5:28 PM

You know what we *really* need? A firing pin that imprints the bullet with the serial number! Yeah! That’ll do it! Hmmm…. now to get that mandate passed………

GWB on January 27, 2014 at 10:51 AM

It left 10′ of ash… on the coastal regions of the Gulf of Mexico and 3′ of ash up near the Hudson Bay in Ontario, Canada. A similar amount in TN, KY… you can date the layers by their chemistry and radioactive components… and about 6-8′ into northern Mexico and CA.

ajacksonian on January 27, 2014 at 7:37 AM

So, what you’re saying is that the rising of the oceans won’t be a problem, then? Because we’ll just raise the coast line? Woohoo! /s

GWB on January 27, 2014 at 10:53 AM

HotAir continue to ignore that a Dem controlled legislature has put California in the black under Jerry Brown.

libfreeordie on January 26, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Be nice everyone. What would we do without our LI Trollclowns, who make fools of themselves without our even having to point it out? We need to humor them so they come back again. The entertainment value is just too high.

NOMOBO on January 27, 2014 at 12:01 PM