LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer, the author of California’s landmark handgun microstamping law, today applauded a California Superior Court decision upholding the legality of the legislation.
“Dozens of police chiefs supported this common-sense law because it provides a crucial tool to solve gun crime," said Feuer. "Ideally other states will enact similar laws, helping bring to justice perpetrators of gun violence across the nation."
Judge Donald S. Black of the Superior Court of California in Fresno denied the plaintiffs' request to enjoin enforcement of the state law. The judge dismissed the plaintiffs' claim that it was not possible to comply with statute, writing that any such argument should be made to the Legislature.
In February, 2015, a federal court also dismissed a challenge to the state law.
The Crime Gun Identification Act (AB1471) requires that all new semiautomatic handguns sold in California imprint on each bullet cartridge (not the bullet itself) a microscopic array of characters indicating the make, model, and serial number of the gun. That data informs law enforcement who purchased the crime gun--a crucial lead in solving gun crime. Currently such crimes frequently go unresolved, notwithstanding the discovery by law enforcement of spent shell casings at crime scenes. Feuer led a live demonstration of the effectiveness of microstamped handguns at the Los Angeles Police Academy in 2007.
Gun makers have not made microstamped handguns for sale in California while the state and federal challenges to the Crime Gun Identification Act were pending.