Today we learn that the Republican-In-Name-Only Governor of California has gone and signed off on yet another reason that my shadow will never darken the shores of that State.
Thanks to Governor Schwarzenegger, any handgun sold in the State of California starting in the year 2010 must stamp a number capable of identifying the make, model and serial number of the firearm in two places upon the cartridge cases each time the firearm is discharged -- a technology called 'micro-stamping'.
It should comes as no surprise that the Governor and California Legislature ignored a State-funded study of the technology which found micro-stamping to be seriously flawed -- indeed, their own researchers recommended against implementing this technology.
So ... will handgun manufacturers make one micro-stamping model for California and a different, non-stamping model for everyone else?
I doubt it.
Given that most crimes are committed with pistols that have been previously stolen; and given that folks that steal guns don't notify the authorities with their names and addresses once they steal the guns -- finding a micro-stamped case at the scene tells the police ... what? That the victim was killed with a stolen gun?
Bloody lot of help that is.
Given that in a blind test, only 20% of the micro-stamped numbers were correctly identified -- out of five micro-stamped numbers, only one was correctly read -- with "subjective interpretation of the examiner" seriously impacting the total results ... what damned good is this going to do in a trial?
Since four out of five numbers were wrongly read, seems like a better than average chance that law-abiding California citizens will be wrongly implicated by this technology, thus having to spend a great deal of their money to prove their innocence.
If I were a resident of California, I'd demand to know what funds were being set aside to compensate those wrongly accused by deficient technology.
By Odin's one eye -- when the hell are we going to get some real, live, actual conservative politicians, instead of these gods-be-damned fakes?