Microstamping law forces gun manufacturers to stop selling new guns in California

Two gun manufacturers say they've stopped selling updated versions of semiautomatic handguns in California because they can't comply with the law

This new law in The Golden State requires gun-makers to engrave a gun’s serial number in its chamber so that it the number becomes stamped on each bullet as it is fired, allowing police to identify a weapon from cartridges at a crime scene.

The law was passed in 2007 and took effect in May of 2013, after Attorney General Kamala Harris certified that the needed technology was available. However, gun advocates claimed the law was pointless because the technology was ineffectual and no manufacturers would comply.

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Amanda G. Ciccatelli is a Contributing Writer for InsideCounsel, where she covers the patent litigation space. Amanda earned a B.A. in Communications and Journalism from...

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