I wrote back in December about how the government can effectively neutralize the Second Amendment by economic sabotage of the country. People can have the right to bear arms and yet not be able to afford them due to government interference.
It seems the California government has launched a much more effective version of this strategy. Their regulations are so burdensome that, not only are guns more expensive, but gun sellers are giving up on the market. From Reason’s blog:
California’s efforts to regulate firearms out of easy availability (an official summary of state gun regulations runs to 50 pages) continue to bear fruit, as Smith & Wesson announces that it’s not willing to comply with the latest round of inane rules, effectively removing most of its pistols from the state’s market. The specific bit of red tape pushing the company out is a requirement that new pistols (including modifications of existing firearms) incorporate controversial “microstamping” technology intended to leave unique markings on fired cases.
The microstamping is being exalted by liberals as a great new technology that can help solve gun crimes. The company released a statement that said in part:
Smith & Wesson does not and will not include microstamping in its firearms. A number of studies have indicated that microstamping is unreliable, serves no safety purpose, is cost prohibitive and, most importantly, is not proven to aid in preventing or solving crimes. The microstamping mandate and the company’s 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 company has decided to not make any improvements or changes in its M&P Shield and the SDVE pistols. In this way it can still sell them in California without being required to “microstamp” them. But California residents will no longer be able to buy any of Smith and Wesson’s other lines.
The California government has successfully interfered in the market so that potential gun buyers have fewer choices. Smith and Wesson is forced to lose business as well. This should all be ruled unconstitutional since it is an obvious attack on the Second Amendment. But it will probably never be challenged in court.