Wednesday, July 31, 2013

California Attorney General to Feds: No Handguns For You

This is the inverse of nullification of federal gun laws.  The California AG seems to be claiming that she has authority to determine what handguns federal agents are allowed to have.  Note that there are no microstamped handguns yet.   Should be a fun case.

Apparently,  Attorney General (AG) Kamala Harris has changed California State Department of Justice policy and is now limiting federal law enforcement  agents’ ability to acquire handguns. The AG says the feds can only buy  firearms listed on the Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale (like the rest of us).

Understandably, federal law enforcement officers aren’t happy about it. Welcome feds, to the California disarmament festival

California  law restricts the types of handguns people can acquire through licensed  firearm dealers (PC 32000). As backwards as it sounds, before most  Californians can acquire a handgun, that firearm must not be considered “unsafe.” To not be considered “unsafe,” handguns must pass performance  tests and have certain features that (in theory only) make the firearms  allegedly safer (PC 31910).

Most problematic for the California public  is the recent development that before any semiautomatic pistol can be added to the Roster of guns approved for sale they must be equipped with  “microstamping” technology (PC 31910(b)(7)).  Starting a couple months  ago, this easily circumvented engraving technology is now required on new semiautomatic pistols before they can be added to the approved  roster (pistols submitted for safety testing when “microstamping” was  certified, on May 17, 2013, can still be added to the Roster

Good, but lengthy explanation here

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