Is Technology Being Used to Ban Guns?

Mar 11 2014

With most Americans jumping on the technology bandwagon, it’s nearly unfathomable that the California anti-business is using this same technology to ban weapons. However, a weapon that relied on advanced technology is now being feared extinct by what once propelled it to great heights.

Patented in 1836 by Samuel Colt, the revolving handgun helped tame the Wild West. As Smith & Wesson, Colt and Browning jumped on board, the Armed Forces rapidly picked up this powerful technology. As the right to bear arms became more prominent, people began exercising their rights to defend themselves.

This same technology that catapulted firearms to fame is now the source of strife between big government and gun makers. In Sacramento, firearms manufacturers are mandated to use a technology that links guns to a database. This microstamping law has effectively stopped gun manufacturers in their tracks, limiting American-made manufacturers from selling weapons.

In fact, the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI) and National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) filed a lawsuit in January against the State of California to challenge this questionable law. Enacted in 2007, this law took effect in May 2013 and requires that all semiautomatic pistols conform to using microstamping technology.

Deemed unreliable, the holder of the microstamping patent even admits there is problems with the technology and further studies are warranted before implementation. Firearm examiners have also reached the same conclusion, but because the current law requires gun manufacturers to comply with public safety laws and provisions, hands are tied.

To help seek injunctive relief, the SAAMI and NSSF teamed up to protect law-abiding citizens in California, helping prevent them from being subject to unfair regulations. Seeking to invalidate this technological requirement, the lawsuit seeks to prove this law is unjust and the technology simply unreliable.

Even American gun manufacturers, such as Ruger and Smith & Wesson, have submitted statements to support the Second Amendment Foundation lawsuit. Attempting to protect American’s right to bear arms, these companies have confirmed they will not be microstamping handguns, which means they will not be able to legally sell weapons in the State of California, should the decision not be reversed.

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