Ruger CEO: CA Microstamping Law Being Used to Deny 2nd Amendment Rights

By AWR Hawkins

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Ruger CEO: CA Microstamping Law Being Used to Deny 2nd Amendment Rights
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Washington DC – -(  During a January 26th 2014 interview on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk, Sturm, Ruger, & Co. CEO Michael Fifer said California's microstamping regulation is being used to “[deny] people their 2nd Amendment rights.”

He said, “The CA DOJ has figured out this is a great way to get guns out of CA, [although doing so] goes way beyond the spirit and intent of the original law.”

The “original law” Fifer references is the microstamping legislation then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed in 2007. He did so under the false belief that microstamping would be an effective crime-fighting tool. However, the law was implemented in spring 2013 as a way to drive guns out of the state.

On January 24th AmmoLand News reported that Smith & Wesson was going to end sales of its semi-automatic handguns in CA because of the microstamping regulation. On the 24th it was reported that the microstamping regulation was already forcing Ruger semi-automatic handguns out of the state.

Fifer said the microstamping requirement is preventing Ruger firearms from making the “Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale in California,” although microstamping “has nothing to do with whether guns are safe or unsafe. It's purely political.” He added that it's “unethical” and “wrong.”

He said the effects of microstamping may have begun showing themselves with Ruger and Smith & Wesson, but “over time this is going to hit every single manufacturer of semi-automatic handguns.” He predicts that “within a year or two,” every semi-automatic by every gun maker will be gone from the “Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale in California.” 

Fifer said Ruger is going to fight the microstamping law, but nothing will happen quickly because it's going to take litigation.

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  • 4 thoughts on “Ruger CEO: CA Microstamping Law Being Used to Deny 2nd Amendment Rights

    1. Serial numbers and stamping micro or otherwise can be defeated.

      Micro stamping brass cartridges is also foolish.

      Just another way to drive up the cost of manufacturing and the consumer will have to pay for it.

    2. This microstamping stuff is going to spread all over the country as soon as they see that it can be used to take guns away from the people. It does NOTHING to stop or prevent crime all it does is deny people the right to own guns, and by saying that a gun is not safe because it does not have a microstamp on it is just stupid.

    3. Let’s see if the occupied states of New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Illinois and New Jersey follow suit in this charade and miscarriage of justice.

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