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Top Gun Makers To Stop Selling Handguns In California Due To New Law

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Attendees visit the Smith and Wesson booth during the 2013 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits at the George R. Brown Convention Center on May 5, 2013 in Houston, Texas. More than 70,000 people attended the NRA's 3-day annual meeting that featured nearly 550 exhibitors, a gun trade show and a political rally. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Attendees visit the Smith and Wesson booth during the 2013 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits at the George R. Brown Convention Center on May 5, 2013 in Houston, Texas. More than 70,000 people attended the NRA’s 3-day annual meeting that featured nearly 550 exhibitors, a gun trade show and a political rally. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Smith & Wesson said Wednesday it will stop selling handguns in California rather than comply with a new state law, joining manufacturer Sturm, Rugger & Co, according to the Washington Times.

A new state requirement mandates that all new semi-automatic pistols have microstamping technology, a process that is designed to imprint a unique code on a bullets casing when the weapon is fired. The law was passed in 2007, but did not go into effect until last year. Smith & Wesson’s president said most of the semi-automatic pistol line will become unavailable by August.

Critics of the law say the technology is unproven. A trade association for gun manufacturers has filed suit against the state to overturn the law.

Smith & Wesson will continue to sell bolt action rifles, as well as revolvers and their Shield line of pistols, according to the Times.

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