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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 U.S., 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.”

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Source: Washington Times