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Smith & Wesson To Stop Selling Guns In California

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FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) -

If you're in the market for a new handgun, a semi-automatic Smith & Wesson model will soon be harder to find.

The company announced it would no longer ship those guns to California.

Gun owner, Bill Avakian says, "It sounds like the manufactures are finally standing up to what California is doing and saying we not going to take it anymore. There are so many rules, so many regulations against guns and the things they have to do to the guns to make them compliant. This next step it doesn't make a lot of sense."

The next step was AB 14-71, which was signed into law some 6 years ago, but didn't go into effect until may of 2013.

The law requires new or redesigned semi-automatic pistols have a "microstamping" feature that marks bullet casings with a unique code when a gun is fired.

When the bill passed, dozens of police chiefs and anti-violence groups voiced support, saying that it would help police more easily trace bullets and solve crimes.

However, critics, including the "national rifle association", say it's not proven, can be altered, and is unreliable.

Gun Owner Manny Amorelli says, "We come here to buy guns; criminals don't! They go on the street and buy hot guns. It's not going to do anything but prevent law biding citizens, regular people, from being able to protect themselves."

It was just a week ago, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a firearms manufacturers' trade group, sued the state of California for requiring microstamping. The case is still pending.

Smith and Wesson will continue to sell revolvers, bolt-action rifles, and it's newly launched shield pistol in California, since those do not fall under the microstamping law.

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