Smith & Wesson, Ruger quit California over stamping requirement

SMITH & WESSONFriends, It’s another sad day in America.  The Peoples Republic of Kalifornia has driven out two American institutions over yet another stupid and flawed gun control law which affirmed the suspicions of firearms rights advocates that the measure is really about making handguns obsolete.

Both Smith & Wesson and Sturm Ruger have announced they will stop selling their wares in the nation’s most populous state rather than try to comply with a law that requires some handguns to have technology that imprints a tiny stamp on the bullet so it can be traced back to the gun. The companies, and many gun enthusiasts, say so-called “microstamping” technology is unworkable in its present form and can actually impair a gun’s performance.

“Smith & Wesson does not and will not include microstamping in its firearms,” the Springfield, Mass.,-based manufacturer said in a statement. “A number of studies have indicated that microstamping is unreliable, serves no safety purpose, is cost prohibitive and, most importantly, is not proven to aid in preventing or solving crimes.”

“The microstamping mandate and the company’s unwillingness to adopt this so-called technology will result in a diminishing number of Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistols available for purchase by California residents.”

Southport, Conn.-based Sturm Ruger also announced this month that they will also stop selling their guns in California due to the microstamping law.

Firearm microstamping, or ballistic imprinting, works by engraving a microscoping marking onto the tip of the firing pin. When the gun is fired, it leaves an imprint, usually of a serial number, on the bullet casings. The telltale mark theoretically allows law enforcement investigators to trace the bullet to the registered gun owner. California’s law is the first in the nation to be implemented and was originally signed into effect in October 2007, but not implemented until recently. Several other states are considering similar measures.

Critics say tracing a bullet to a registered gun owner does little to fight crime, since criminals often kill with stolen handguns. Many believe tracing bullets was never the real intent of the law in the first place.

“This is the latest attempt to undermine the Second Amendment in California by politicians with little to no knowledge of firearms, who seek to impose their liberal values upon those who choose to protect their families with the constitutional right to own a handgun,” said Chuck Michel, West Coast Counsel for the National Rifle Association, an Adjunct Professor at Chapman University and author of the book “California Gun Laws.”

One of the main arguments critics pose is the claim that the technology is not perfected, yet the requirement has been put into effect.

“The technology doesn’t fully exist yet, but by making it into a law, they [California] in fact enacted a gun law without actually passing one,” David Kopel, a constitutional law professor at the Denver University Sturm College of Law and Research Director of the Independence Institute, told FoxNews.com. “This is an indirect way to ban new handguns from being sold.”

The patent holder of microstamping tech, Todd Lizotte, was part of a Department of Justice study team which concluded that, “legitimate questions exist related to both the technical aspects, production costs, and database management associated with microstamping that should be addresses before wide scale implementation is legislatively mandated,” according to the study which was published in the Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners (AFTE) Journal.

Lawsuits were also filed against the Golden State this week by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute challenging the microstamping law saying in a statement this week that they predicted back in 2007 when the law was first passed that it would result in a “de facto semiautomatic handgun ban.”

Other states considering a microstamping requirement include Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts.

Smith & Wesson said it expects sales of its California-compliant revolvers, which aren’t required to have microstamping, will offset the impact to the company. Company President and CEO James Debney vowed to continue to work with industry groups to oppose the law, while providing California customers with products that do comply with it.

Two trade groups, the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers Institute, filed a legal challenge to the law in California Superior Court earlier this month.

SOURCE – foxnews.com

Hollywood producer wants to take your guns…

Harvey_WeinsteinRemember “Bowling for Columbine”?  The anti-gun documentary that attempted to politicize the tragic school shooting at Columbine, Colorado, was wildly successful, both critically and commercially, and even won its writer/director, Michael Moore, an Oscar.

But while the film may have been entertaining, and may have even got some folks thinking about gun violence, it did little to move the needle on its presumptive goal: curbing gun ownership and weakening the National Rifle Association.  That’s because gun owners and the powerful lobby that represents them don’t care what Hollywood thinks of them, a lesson producer Harvey Weinstein will learn soon.

Weinstein “reluctantly” told Howard Stern that he’s planning a movie that will make the NRA “wish they weren’t alive.” in an exclusive interview pre-taped with Piers Morgan, he says that none other than Meryl Streep will star as an anti-gun senator (Feinstein?)

For so many reasons, Weinstein deserves a good, hard reality check:

  1. Obvious and almost comical hypocrisy. Weinstein’s profited immensely from portraying graphic gun violence in films such as “Kill Bill” and “Pulp Fiction.”  His sudden attack of social conscience is astounding and curiously timed. In the same Morgan interview, he says he’ll stop making movies that glamorize guns. But according to Internet Movie Database, “Kill Bill Vol. 3” and “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” are in the works. Maybe he means starting … now.
  2. Overtly ideological films — think “Rendition” and “Lions for Lambs” — bomb at the box office. Theatergoers don’t want to be lectured by Hollywood for two hours on what they think is wrong with the country.  If we’re to assume Weinstein is motivated by a deep concern about gun violence (and not sheer arrogance), then it’s also worth pointing out that he’s got the wrong target. The NRA represents law-abiding gun owners, not criminals. A gangbanger in Chicago doesn’t care about the NRA, isn’t motivated or supported by the NRA, and may not even know what the NRA is. In vowing to take down this powerful organization supported by millions of law-abiding citizens, Weinstein will simply end up empowering and emboldening it.
  3. The effort most certainly won’t rid the country of guns (a goal he’s admitted to having, unless there’s another Holocaust in which case he very much wants a gun, or something.)

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association for the U.S. firearms industry, calculates that from 2002, the year “Bowling for Columbine” came out, to 2011, there’s been a 54.1% rise in the number of federal background checks, one way of measuring an increase in gun sales. And remember, that movie was actually successful.  This proves the nation’s gun owners not only don’t care about Hollywood’s dictates but Washington’s either, in the year since the tragic Newtown, Connecticut, shooting — and despite significant efforts from the Obama administration and other Democrats to push increased gun control, gun sales are up 8%.   Just another scumbag producer thinks he can impose his will on the American people.  Idiot.

SOURCE – CNN.com

First 3-D-Printed Metal Gun Shows Tech Maturity…

The world’s first 3-D–printed metal gun aims to prove a point about the reliability of 3-D printing technology. But its makers don’t plan on revolutionizing the manufacture of firearms by making the process available in every household.

The metal pistol made by Solid Concepts, a 3-D printing service based in Austin, Texas, represents a working 3-D–printed version of the famed 1911 pistol originally designed by John Browning. Solid Concepts created almost all parts of the classic gun through direct metal laser sintering (DMLS), an industrial 3-D printing process used to make metal parts in aerospace manufacturing and for surgical implants. (The gun’s springs were made separately.)

“When we decided to go ahead and make this gun, we weren’t trying to figure out a cheaper, easier, better way to make a gun,” said Phillip Conner, DMLS project manager, in a video. “That wasn’t the point at all. What we were trying to do is dispel the commonly held notion that DMLS parts are not strong enough or accurate enough for real-world applications.”

The 3-D–printed pistol proved both sturdy and accurate during mounted and handheld firing tests showcased in a video posted on 6 November. Solid Concepts says it can 3-D print unique gun parts for any “qualifying customer” in five days—a service made legally possible by the fact that the company holds a Federal Firearms License.

SOURCE – IEEE Spectrum

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Washington still sucking up ammo supplies…

hollow-point-ammoThe federal government drew the ire of Congress for sucking up ammunition supplies so fast that citizens and even police forces have been scrambling for the leftovers.  Lawmakers looked into legislation to force the feds to back off, but apparently nothing has been done.  The latest agency to buy massive amounts of ammunition is the Transportation Security Administration, which doesn’t even arm most of its agents.  The FedBizOpps.gov website reports that the TSA is seeking to purchase nearly 3.5 million rounds of .347 SIG caliber training ammunition. Huh!?  The .347 is an unknown caliber, and the document likely contained a mistake, instead intending to reference a .357 caliber.  Dumb-a$$’s.  The agency’s workers mostly are unarmed, with the primary exception being the federal air marshals who travel aboard airliners to deter and respond to violence, hijackings and terrorism.  There are no firm numbers available on the number of agents, but experts estimate there are several thousand. The planned purchase, then, would give the agency the availability of nearly 10,000 rounds per day for “training.”  TSA officials declined to respond to a WND request for more information.  Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano admitted in April that the federal government was drying up ammunition supplies.  No $hit!, this is Obama’s anti-gun machine at work!  Napolitano was asked by a House panel about the huge government purchases, estimated to be in the range of 1.6 billion rounds, enough for many years of war at the rate ammunition is used by the U.S. military.  Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., wanted to know whether the reports were accurate.

“This was a five-year strategic sourcing contract for up to one-point-whatever billion rounds,” she confirmed.

Calculations done by the Washington Examiner suggest the reported 1.6 billion rounds would be enough for “something like a 24-year supply of ammunition on hand.”  Other consumers of ammunition, however, from the weekend hunter to police departments, are finding the shelves bare.  For example, Utica, N.Y., police have been told it could take up to 10 months to get the ammunition they order. The department especially is having trouble getting .223 and .45 caliber rounds, the type that the federal government also orders.

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., believes the purchase orders by the Department of Homeland Security are part of an “intentional” effort by the Obama administration to “dry up the market” for gun-owning citizens.  Of course!  Obama is afraid…

“We have in this country the Second Amendment that preserves the right to keep and bear arms,” Inhofe told radio host Aaron Klein, “and the president doesn’t believe in that.”

Inhofe was a guest on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York City’s WABC, talking about his Ammunition Management for More Obtainability – or AMMO – bill, which is designed to limit non-defense, armed federal agencies to pre-Obama levels of ammunition. The bill, S.843, has been referred to Senate committee, while a similar bill sponsored by Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., has been referred to House committee.

“President Obama has been doing everything he could to stop the private ownership of guns in America,” Inhofe asserted. “Yet he’s been voted down in a big way by a large majority, and so my feeling is that he’s doing this to buy up [ammunition] so honest, law-abiding citizens here in the United States, like my son, can’t even buy ammunition because government is purchasing so much.”

The DHS has claimed it’s placing bulk orders to save money and that 80 percent of the ammunition is used for training purposes.  Bull$hit!  Inhofe isn’t buying the explanation either…

“We had someone testify the other day the DHS has the ‘right’ – this is a bureaucrat who said this – they have the ‘right’ to buy as much as they want, and they’re planning to buy 750 million rounds,” Inhofe said. “That is more than three times the amount our soldiers are using for training to defend our nation.”

“I believe it’s intentional,” Inhofe said of the ammunition shortages many private and local law enforcement purchasers are experiencing. “It’s just another effort to restrict gun activity and ownership.”

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SOURCE – WhistleBlower

NRA to sue Kalifornia…

The National Rifle Association says it plans to sue the state of California if Gov. Jerry Brown signs a bill approved by state lawmakers that would ban the future sale of most types of semi-automatic rifles that accept detachable magazines.  Among the bills sent to Brown last month is one that would outlaw an entire class of weapons that includes most assault rifles.  The NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action wrote in a post on its website that the bill is unconstitutional and “would make unprecedented changes to California’s already unjust and byzantine ‘assault weapon’ law.”  Under current California law, assault weapons can only be used for limited purposes and owners are prohibited from transferring them to anyone in the state. The bill would change the definition of an assault weapon to include any semi-automatic rifle with a detachable magazine or a fixed magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition, according to the group’s statement.

Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California, told The Associated Press last month that the assault weapon ban alone would put California in the forefront on restrictions.  “No question about it. The bill will make half of the rifles in existence ‘assault weapons,’ and make them illegal,” he said.

How stupid.  As the Villainous Voodoo has said in the past, a Q-tip in the hands of the right person is an assault weapon.  It’s not the guns, it’s the criminals, you a$$holes!  Even if you don’t live in Kalifornia (peoples republic of), support the NRA because what happens in Kalifornia will not stay in Kalifornia; your state will be next!

SOURCE – Fox News

UPDATE – 04/08/14 – NRA Takes 2nd Amendment Cases to Court

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