According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), independent research also demonstrated that criminals would be able to remove the laser engraving in mere seconds using common household tools. Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel, said, “The governor has proven to gun owners and sportsmen that he is just another liberal anti-gun Hollywood actor–he just plays a moderate Republican on TV. Mr. Schwarzenegger has now exposed himself for what he really is, the most anti-gun and anti-sportsmen governor in America.”
NSSF also points out that microstamping firearms would not impact criminals since, according to ATF, firearms used in crimes in California were originally sold on average almost 13 years before being recovered by the police. Firearms used in crimes are not newly sold guns, but old guns that have been in circulation on average for over a decade.
Schwarzenegger supposedly signed the microstamping bill to give police another tool in fighting crime. Let’s call that for what it is—balderdash. It’s absolute twaddle to think “microstamping” will help the police solve crimes. This is legislation aimed squarely at legitimate gun owners.