Thursday, January 23, 2014

Smith & Wesson to stop selling guns in California due to microstamping law

Smith & Wesson announced it will stop selling its handguns in California rather than manufacture them to comply with the new microstamping law. The other publicly traded firearms manufacturer in the U.S., Sturm, Ruger, also said this month that it will stop new sales to California.

The announcement late Wednesday came a week after the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for firearms manufacturers, filed suit against California for requiring that all new semi-automatic pistols that are not already on the state’s approved gun roster have the microstamping technology.


  1. So, either California has microstamped guns or no guns. No guns is probably what they want anyway.

    The thing to consider is if more states decide require microstamping. When does it become more cost effective for the manufacturer to produce only microstamped guns?