California Unsafe Handgun Act

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In October 2007, California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, signed into law the so-called the “Unsafe Handgun Act,” requiring all new semiautomatic handguns to be “equipped with a microscopic array of characters that identify the make, model, and serial number of the pistol, etched or otherwise imprinted in two or more places on the interior surface or internal working parts of the pistol, and that are transferred by imprinting on each cartridge case when the firearm is fired.”
In 2013, the California Legislature introduced a bill to restrict sales of handguns that are not equipped with the technology. The governor vetoed the bill.
In January 2014, Smith & Wesson announced its “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.”

The California 2007 Unsafe Handgun Act
Assembly Bill No. 169 (2013)
A.B. Bill 169: Governor’s Veto
Smith & Wesson’s Press Release (January 23, 2014)

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