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Gun maker Smith & Wesson says it won’t sell new models of its semi-automatic handguns in California to avoid complying with a provision in the state’s gun law that took effect last year.
Springfield, Mass.-based Smith & Wesson said Thursday it won’t add microstamping, a marking used to differentiate bullet casings, on those products as the law requires. The company said microstamping is not cost prohibitive and is unreliable as a crime deterrent.
Smith & Wesson said it expects sales of its California-compliant revolvers, which aren’t required to have microstamping, will offset the impact to the company.