The news media can manipulate the news just by ignoring it or by changing a few words. An “In Brief” in The Bee on Mar. 1 reported on a federal court rejecting a challenge to a California gun law. The report stated it was a gun-safety law and that it was aimed at eliminating cheap “Saturday Night Specials.” That is not the truth.
The challenged California law is one that requires new semi-automatic handguns to have a micro-stamping capability that would mark the gun’s make, model and serial number on the spent casings of fired rounds. The theory is, the police could then trace the spent casing back to the person who fired the round.
The problem with the law is that no gun manufacturer makes or plans to make a handgun with the capability to micro-stamp casings. It really is an unproven technology as the capability can be removed with a small file. It is just a sneaky way to outlaw semi-automatic handguns.