Smith & Wesson has announced it will no longer sell its semi-automatic firearms in California. A state law that went into effect last spring requires those kinds of guns to have microstamping technology which leaves a mark on each cartridge. Gun control advocates say the feature makes it easier to trace guns.
In a statement Smith & Wesson says the technology is unreliable, expensive and not proven to prevent or help solve crimes. The company says the majority of its semi-automatic weapons will be out of compliance with California’s law by August 2014.
California lawmakers are turning their attention to fixing the state’s crumbling roads. Assembly Republicans threw their plan into the mix Monday.
Governor Jerry Brown signed the California budget with no fanfare Thursday.
California lawmakers will take final votes on the state budget Friday. The houses will also each vote on several trailer bills that dictate how the budget will be implemented.
Advocates for the developmentally disabled are furious after being left out of this year’s California budget deal. They held a tense rally at the Capitol Wednesday.
California tends to rank near the bottom in voter turnout. But some state officials say a bill announced Wednesday could help improve participation.