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New from CalGunLaws: Microstamping Rule Freezes Number of Semiautomatic Pistols Available for Sale in California

In 2nd Amendment, Buying guns, California firearms laws, News, Selling guns on June 6, 2013 at 5:23 pm

LINK IS NOW WORKING! – Microstamping Rule Freezes Number of Semiautomatic Pistols Available for Sale in California

Despite the flaws in the technology, the obvious ways that criminals will circumvent the technology, and the difficulties crime labs will have in deciphering the marks, on May 17, 2013, California Attorney General Kamala Harris certified that microstamping is available to firearm manufacturers.

With this simple announcement, new and safer state-of-the-art pistol models essential for home and family defense became impossible for Californians to acquire, because to be sold in California all new semi-automatic pistol models must now have microstamping incorporated into their design in order to be approved for sale in California.

Given the manufacturing costs involved, it is highly unlikely that any manufacturers will adopt the microstamping technology, particularly considering their current pistol production can barely meet the demand from other states. As a practical matter, this will limit the types of new handguns available to the California market to those handguns ready all approved for sale and listed on the roster of approved handguns as of the date of the certification.

NRA and NSSF are exploring all legal avenues for challenging this action in court, and a lawsuit is very likely.

Michel & Associates, P.C. has made a legal memorandum and a collection of other materials on the topic available here.


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ATF moving to require multiple sales reports for long guns starting January 5, 2011

In Buying guns, News, Selling guns on December 20, 2010 at 3:47 pm

And they were so quiet about it, too….

Traveling Salesman

In Funny stuff, Interesting Encounters, Selling guns on February 12, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Recently I had one of those traveling sales guys come into the shop to try to sell me something.  I told him about the “No Soliciting” sign on the door, and he said, “ohhh, I thought that said, “No Sicilians.”” LOL…

So I told him to go away, and he said, “Ok. I know you have guns.” Then he tried to wrangle a one-night stand. Sprayed him with bullshit-be-gone and he strutted off with his fake perfume and digital cameras.

About that FBI Flyer that Worries Gun Store Owners

In Selling guns on January 25, 2010 at 1:53 am

The article is here

Thanks to SayUncle for the link to the article.

I haven’t received notification from the FBI that they’ve got a flyer for us, and I think it’s weird that FBI is doing this rather than ATF.  And if ATF was doing it, one would think they’d have sent us a bulletin.

“It instructs store owners to look out for certain customer characteristics, like insisting on paying with cash only, or purchasing large quantities of ammunition or other gun accessories. Store owners are also supposed to look for people with missing hand or fingers, chemical burns, or stains on their clothing.”

Purchasing large amounts of ammo? What constitutes a large amount? Here in California there was talk of only allowing a set amount each month (I think it was 100 rounds, but that could be wrong.) Two boxes of ammo. Geez.
In any case, that’s not a good indicator–target shooters go through tons of ammo in a single weekend.

Stains on their clothing? Really? Farmers and mechanics come in after work, and paying in cash–for crying out loud. You know how women are [sometimes!] guilty of buying clothes and purses and jewelry and then sticking them with their ‘older’ stuff?  Guys do the same thing [sometimes! lol] with guns. (sorry, guys, for outing you.) And they pay with the cash that they’ve been secretly stashing.  Again, not a good indicator of nefarious intentions.

We are always careful who we sell to. I recently had a guy come in who was kinda twitchy,  and he made the hair on my neck stand on end. He said he wanted to buy a gun, and pointed to a 9mm. Then he changed his mind and wanted to see a .40 (with no apparent aim in mind) then he changed his mind again and pointed at the far end of the rifle rack and asked to see one of the rifles.  Again, not particular.  Just a vague, “Lemme see that black one.”   I didn’t even know which one he was pointing at.  All I knew was that he wanted me zipping here and there, and then I got a whiff of alcohol.  That was the final red flag.  I asked him to leave.  Of course he argued and called me a bitch and said I would never sell guns that way.  Yeah, yeah, whatever.  OUT.

The main bogus thing about this flyer, though, is the preconceived notion that criminals are going to legitimate FFL dealers for their weapons.  Why would they want a paperwork trail? And why would this be the one area they do something legally?

Dear Sir:

In Dear Sir, Selling guns on January 22, 2010 at 9:31 am

If I hand you a gun and you:

  • point it at me
  • have your finger on the trigger
  • don’t know how to operate the slide
  • hold it sideways like a thug
  • ask me the difference between 9mm and .45 ACP

chances are I know more than you about guns, so how ’bout a little respect?

Just sayin’.

The last straw

In Selling guns on January 13, 2010 at 3:52 pm

I’ve just returned from a gun dealer show on the east coast.  The experience served to motivate me to write about what it’s like to be a woman in this industry because wrongheadedness seems to reign supreme:

  • Dealers do not know how to sell to women.
  • Amended: most dealers do not know how to TALK to women.  By most, I mean every one I have encountered.  Maybe there’s a dealer in Vermont, or Montana, or Oregon who gets it, but I haven’t met him yet.  They either take a fatherly  or a know-it-all approach, both of which are condescending and annoying as hell.
  • Dealers are neglecting half the population by not actively welcoming women.  One dealer I met this weekend was bemoaning the tiny profit margin he had. I asked him how he marketed to women, and he said, “It takes too long to sell to women.”  He reasoned that, in the time it took to answer a woman’s questions and instruct her in safe handling, etc., he could’ve sold a number of guns to men.

I predict that he will soon be another dealer who’s closed up shop, and that makes me sad because it doesn’t have to be that way.  If dealers would stop thinking of  shooting sports as exclusively a man’s domain they would be pleasantly surprised by the amount of sales that would result.

Yes, you do have to take some time to sell to women.  The majority of women that I myself have encountered in the shop I manage are new to the sport, and they have questions.  And guess what, this applies to all novices.  Just because a customer’s got a penis it doesn’t mean he has an inherent understanding of the sport of shooting.  Yeah,  guns are phallic symbols but just because you have one it doesn’t mean you know how to use it.


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