Gun shop owners concerned over new law to include micro-stamping on guns

A Bakersfield gun shop owner said a new California state law requiring certain guns to include micro-stamping technology could put him out of business. 

"There's no manufacturer on the planet that does micro-stamping and the reason is because it doesn't work," Gene Thome, owner of Bear Mountain Sports, told 23ABC. 

Thome said the majority of his business is conceal-carry handgun sales. 

A California law requiring certain types of handguns to stamp the weapon's serial number onto the bullet casing passed in 2007, but went into effect in May after years of delays. Supporters said micro-stamping can assist law enforcement in solving gun crimes. 

Bakersfield police declined to comment on the technology, saying only that they will aggressively enforce laws as decided by the state.

The Kern County Sheriff's Department said that while micro-stamping could potentially be useful during an investigation, the technology isn't fully developed and the firing pins used to stamp the serial number can easily be replaced. A spokesman added very few criminals use their own guns to commit a crime. 

Two of the country's largest gunmakers, Smith & Wesson and Sturm Ruger, announced earlier this month that they would not manufacture weapons to meet the new state requirements. 

Ron Rouell, a Bakersfield sportsman, said he believes the law is part of a larger agenda. 

"They want our guns, they can't get them, so they're doing everything else to get them," he said. 

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, who authored the law, said during an interview that micro-stamping gives law enforcement a "new tool to fight crime."

"This is an outrageous last ditch effort by the gun lobby and its allies to try and thwart a law broadly supported by law enforcement to effectively prosecute gun crimes," said Feuer.

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