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A measure that greatly expands the mandate for firearms technology that isn't on the market won easy approval in the California state Senate last week.
California Sen. Catherine Blakespear's SB 452 passed on a 29-10 vote on May 24 and goes to the state Assembly for further consideration. The Encinitas Democrat argues that the bill "simply puts to use readily available technology to help law enforcement catch criminals" by banning all sales or transfers of any semiautomatic pistol after July 2027 unless it has been verified as having a microstamping-enabled action.
Despite Blakespear's assertions that microstamping, a process that etches unique identifiers on expended cartridge cases, is available, no such guns are in production.
In 2013, Kamala Harris, then the California attorney general, put the state's long-dormant microstamping requirement into effect, requiring new pistols certified for commercial sale be able to mark expended brass with a microscopic array of characters, which identify the make, model, and serial number of the pistol upon firing.
Since then, the state's roster of approved handguns has shrunk, with only legacy semi-autos – which were grandfathered – and revolvers currently listed. For example, the roster contains no approved Generation 4 or Generation 5 Glock handguns, all of which debuted after 2013. Likewise, the SIG P365, one of the most popular carry pistols in the country, cannot be found on the list.
Larry Keane, general counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, one of the groups currently challenging the 2013 law, told Guns.com previously that the state is experiencing a “slow motion handgun ban as fewer and fewer models are allowed to be sold in the state. California is to handguns what Cuba is to cars; only old models are available.”
Blakespear's legislation, backed by anti-gun groups such as Brady and Everytown, would effectively close off access to even these legacy guns by creating a separate and distinct restriction on the sale or transfer of any semi-automatic handgun by a licensed dealer unless it is capable of microstamping.
However, the state has seen its current law in troubled waters, with a case brought against it drawing heat from a federal court earlier this year. That court, in the case of Boland v Bonta, saw the California DOJ hit with a preliminary injunction as the case proceeds.
"The microstamping provision requires handguns to have a particular feature that is simply not commercially available or even feasible to implement on a mass scale," U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney’s order reads.
Meanwhile, SB 482, which is co-sponsored by California Gov. Gavin Newsom, is now in the Assembly, where Dems hold an overwhelming 3/4 (62-18) majority.
Banner image: A Glock 47, a 5th Generation of the series, which is not on the current California roster of handguns approved for public sale – and probably won't be anytime soon.