California has been strangling their handgun roster into obsolescence for a decade. The mythical wonder technology known as ‘microstamping’ being added to California law has resulted in a 10 year gap in technological and safety advancement between handguns available for sale in California and those available to the rest of the nation.
U.S. District Court Judge Cormac Carney, sitting in Santa Ana, wrote Monday that California’s requirements for new handguns are unconstitutional and cannot be enforced. Because of these restrictions, Carney wrote, no new models of semi-automatic handguns have been approved for sale since 2013 and Californians are forced to buy older and potentially less safe models. – AP Report
While California’s AG will never admit to it, the goal of this was to slowly choke handgun sales out of the state entirely in a bid to ‘make the state safer’ in some nebulous way. They will then blame surrounding states, full of older Americans and higher suicide rates, for the ‘gun death’ rates in California.
Judge Carney issued a preliminary injunction to take effect in two weeks (in force on April 3rd), meaning the state would have to stop enforcing the law. The delay gives the state Department of Justice time to appeal.
What an appeal will look like, we don’t know. Bonta, the windbag that California uses as alleged Attorney General, had this to say,
“The fact of the matter is, California’s gun safety laws save lives, and California’s Unsafe Handgun Act is no exception. We will continue to lead efforts to advance and defend California’s gun safety laws. As we move forward to determine next steps in this case, Californians should know that this injunction has not gone into effect and that California’s important gun safety requirements related to the Unsafe Handgun Act remain in effect.”
Sure Rob, that’s why California is one of the leading states for mass shooting and school shootings, and why Texas, the next largest state and with drastically more permissive gun laws, several large urban locations just like California, and many other comparable points like proximity to Mexico, is rather comparative in firearm violence rates. Your awesome gun laws.
California has had their cards called once again on another of their attempts to ban firearm ownership through sideways measures and it will be interesting to see what actual facts they can bring to court in the two week period to give them any hope of continuing their grift.
If the injunction stands and lands than starting in early April, up to date handgun models can be sold in California as the roster will be held unenforceable.