California Senate Passes Microstamping Bill to Halt New Handgun Sales By 2027

The California Senate passed a draconian bill last Wednesday requiring all semiautomatic handguns in the state to incorporate microstamping technology.

Authored by Sen. Catherine Blakespear (D-Encinitas), the legislation aims to bolster law enforcement’s capability to solve gun crimes.

Microstamping etches unique identifiers onto expended cartridges. Proponents claim it gives critical data to law enforcement agencies, potentially aiding in the identification of offenders.

However, Todd Lizotte, the patent-holder of microstamping has admitted in the past that it’s an unreliable technology.

Lizotte has stated, “…legitimate questions exist related to both the technical aspects, production costs, and database management associated with microstamping that should be addressed before wide-scale implementation is legislatively mandated.”

The Senate approved SB 452 with a vote of 29-10. It now moves to the Assembly for further consideration.

“Gun violence remains at epidemic proportions,” stated Blakespear. “We must improve our efforts to identify and apprehend individuals who misuse handguns. SB 452 leverages available technology to support law enforcement.”

SEE ALSO: Federal Judge Blocks California’s ‘Unsafe Handgun Act,’ — No More Microstamping Mandate!

SB 452 also forbids the sale or transfer of a semiautomatic pistol manufactured after July 2027, unless it is microstamping-enabled.

Currently, there are zero guns in production with microstamping tech. This means that the true goal of SB 452 is a total ban on the sale of handguns in the Golden State. There are no exemptions for older models. Every gun must have microstamping tech by July 2027.

If there is a silver lining it’s that a federal judge recently blocked the state’s 2013 microstamping mandate activated by former attorney general Kamala Harris.

“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,” said U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney in his order back in March.

It’s not immediately clear how that order would affect SB 452 if it was passed into law.

Co-sponsors of SB 452 include Gov. Gavin Newsom, the Brady Campaign, and Moms Demand Action.

Blakespear also authored SB 417 and SB 8. The former requires gun sellers to display warnings about firearms’ potential dangers, while the latter requires gun owners to carry liability insurance. SB 417 passed the Senate on May 11, while SB 8 currently awaits in the Senate Insurance Committee.

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  • Fred June 2, 2023, 1:33 pm

    “There are no exemptions…” except for law enforcement and government agencies.

  • has been June 2, 2023, 12:08 pm

    why, when there already exists technology to identify what gun fired what bullet or ejected what casing? nope this is only about depriving you of your 2nd amendment rights. what is the next right that you are guaranteed, will the socialist politicians be after next? or will they jump over the constitution and take away your right to life?
    which ever you are going to be the loser. a bigger loser than you are now for supporting anti gun politicians.

  • Howard June 2, 2023, 11:24 am

    SB 417 could make sellers display a sign, like “Putting the muzzle of a loaded firearm to your head and pulling the trigger could cause injury.”!! That fits the mentality of some of these lawmakers!

  • Doug Stead June 2, 2023, 8:28 am

    These laws are worthless. Every time California sets up a new law banning or controlling something they create a new criminal enterprise. Remember prohibition? Background checks for ammunition. People just drive over to Arizona or Nevada and stock up. Here’s a scenario for micro stamping cartridges. Most shooters like me do not reload, therefore they do not collect their brass at the range. I often see and give permission to others to take my brass laying on the ground. That brass could change hands several times and be hand reloaded and subsequently used in a crime. The police are now chasing a micro stamp so far removed from the original purchaser it wastes valuable time, police resources, and a lot of taxpayer money with no results. Still the Mexico cartels and Chinese will profit greatly from these types of Democrat schemes.

  • Blue Dog (he/him) June 1, 2023, 8:26 pm

    Microstamping is a worthwhile idea to pursue but it seems like the technology just isn’t there yet. Itwould be a good tool for law enforcement to have, maybe someday it will.

    • Rick June 2, 2023, 8:02 am

      Show your proof, or evidence, please.

    • lawrence June 2, 2023, 10:05 am

      Explain how it will help law enforcement. You do realize that majority of shootings involving firearms are committed by criminals who cannot legally buy them. All these laws only pertain to the honest citizen and have no way of preventing criminals or the mentally ill from committing shootings. You need to take off your rose colored glasses and use a little common sense.

    • John Powell June 6, 2023, 9:49 am

      Criminals will just file it off or use revolvers. They will also get black market guns like they do now.

  • paul I'll call you what I want/1st Amendment June 1, 2023, 11:34 am

    wouldn’t it be better to “macro stamp” criminals so one can recognize one with no special tools?

    • yamaholic June 2, 2023, 10:16 am

      haha exactly! Something like a nice warning tattoo on their forehead 🙂

  • Kane May 31, 2023, 6:48 pm

    So then replacing a firing pin or an extractor will be a federal offense.

    California puts implace firearm regulations and if met then the manufactorer is required to report any change no matter how insignificant. After any change retesting is required. Many Ruger models were on the CA roster after including all these unsafe “safety features.” Last I heard Ruger does not even bother with CA.

    All the gun industry should be taking CA to court and where the law will allow, refuse to sell fireams and gear to any lefty Demshevik or their body guards.

    • Blue Dog (he/him) June 1, 2023, 8:33 pm

      Microstamping might be coming to Texas sooner than you think. Ken Paxton has already admitted to suppressing votes in Texas and that this pattern of suppressing mail-in ballots by his office kept Texas from flipping blue. If they keep pulling at the thread of his impeachment, Beto might be both Governor and Senator, and thus spracht Zarathustra! Registration, microstamping, awb’s. Senator MJ Hegar.

      • D.J. June 2, 2023, 8:36 am

        Provocateur .

      • yamaholic June 2, 2023, 10:20 am

        I can’t believe anyone in their right mind would vote for Beto, although I’d expect something like that much more from say CA or Oregon but definitely not TX

      • Kane June 4, 2023, 9:26 pm

        Likewise, the fake POTUS (genuine POS) is flooding Tx to try and turn the state back to the Reps. You are OK with that?

        Paxton blocked illegal mass mailings of voting ballots in Harris County and the Tx SC supported these transparent circumstances.

        You should shy away from Beto, he wrote down his sanguinary fantacies about running two children down with a car. The guy is an unstable opportunist.

        Remember what Tx was like as a blue state? Well you had a Dem Senator murder a bus load of people and then as VP he was a big time player in the murder of JFK. One thing I just learned from Mark Grobert (America’s Untold Stories), LBJ raped David Brinkely’s wife while she was a guest on the “ranch.” LBJ, one of the most prominant “liberal” of all time was a serial murderer and serial rapists. Most left wingers are frauds.

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