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Posted by: thepinetree on 01/26/2014 11:46 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 01/26/2014 12:31 PM
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Smith & Wesson® Addresses California Microstamping Legislation

Springfield, MA...Smith & Wesson Corp. announced today that although it continually seeks ways to refine and improve its firearms so that consumers have access to the best possible products, the State of California is making that impossible when it comes to California residents. Under California’s “Unsafe Handgun Act,” any new semi-automatic pistol introduced into that state must comply with microstamping laws. In addition, California asserts that anything other than a cosmetic change to a handgun already on the California Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale, including performance enhancements and other improvements, requires it to be removed from the roster and retested. For semi-automatic pistols, this means it must comply with the microstamping requirements, as well...

Smith & Wesson does not and will not include microstamping in its firearms. A number of studies have indicated that microstamping is unreliable, serves no safety purpose, is cost prohibitive and, most importantly, is not proven to aid in preventing or solving crimes. The microstamping mandate and the company’s unwillingness to adopt this so-called technology will result in a diminishing number of Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistols available for purchase by California residents.

This is not a problem unique to Smith & Wesson. The microstamping legislation and California’s position regarding performance enhancements and other improvements creates the same challenge for all firearm manufacturers, since presumably all of them refine and improve their products over time.

Smith & Wesson currently produces a California-compliant version of its M&P® Shield and SDVE™ pistols. Both of these new products were launched last week at SHOT Show® in Las Vegas and are expected to begin shipping within 90 days. They are expected to more than offset the impact of those M&P pistol models that will not remain on the Roster. Both the M&P Shield and the SDVE pistols are expected to remain on the California Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale as long as no changes are made to those models and the company does not plan to make changes to them for this reason. All other Smith & Wesson handguns are at risk of eventually falling off the roster over time. The company expects that any current production revolvers that fall off will be re-tested and returned to the roster, since microstamping does not apply to revolvers. Without some change in position by California, however, any semi-automatic pistols (other than the California-compliant models referenced above) that are removed from the roster will not be returned and law-abiding citizens will not be permitted to buy them from a licensed dealer in California.

James Debney, Smith & Wesson President & CEO, said, “As our products fall off the roster due to California’s interpretation of the Unsafe Handgun Act, we will continue to work with the NRA and the NSSF to oppose this poorly conceived law which mandates the unproven and unreliable concept of microstamping and makes it impossible for Californians to have access to the best products with the latest innovations. At the same time, we will do our best to support our customers in California with state-compliant products, enabling them access to at least a portion of the firearms to which we believe all citizens are entitled. In these challenging times, we hope you will support Smith & Wesson, and all gun manufacturers, in our fight to make the Unsafe Handgun Act about safety. We also encourage you to support the NSSF’s lawsuit and other efforts to stop microstamping, before it impacts your Constitutional rights.”

Unless California changes its position, all M&P pistols other than the M&P Shield, will fall off the roster by August, 2014, due to performance enhancements and other improvements we have made to those firearms. This includes the M&P9c, which has fallen off already and several other M&P models that will fall off by the end of this month. Other models already have fallen off and will continue to fall off for the same reason. Visit each week for a list published by the California Department of Justice of the handguns no longer on the roster.

California firearms dealers should check the official California Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale frequently, to determine which handguns are certified for sale in California. This list can be found at

About Smith & Wesson
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC) is a U.S.-based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, delivering a broad portfolio of quality firearms, related products and training to the consumer, law enforcement, and military markets. The company's brands include Smith & Wesson®, M&P® and Thompson/Center Arms™. Smith & Wesson facilities are located in Massachusetts and Maine. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to

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Because Killing More is Good!
Posted on: 2014-01-26 11:55:24   By: Anonymous
Smith & Wesson is doing it's part to reduce over population.

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    Re: Because Killing More is Good!
    Posted on: 2014-01-26 12:33:18   By: Anonymous
    Post Term abortion tablets

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    Re: Because Killing More is Good!
    Posted on: 2014-01-26 12:34:02   By: Anonymous
    Smith and Wesson is doing it's best to see that people have the right and ability to defend themselves from violence. Your comments show the inherent cognitive dissonance of the liberal mind - believing that all people are good, but that all people need to be controlled or they won't act good. Unfortunately, those that believe like you (and there are many) don't believe a free people will act properly unless told how by the government. And history has shown that the more control the government gets, the less freedom the people have. So, I would rather live in a world where I may have to watch out for rogue citizens - whom I may be able to deter or resist - rather than a rogue government.

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      Re: Because Killing More is Good!
      Posted on: 2014-01-26 13:05:30   By: Anonymous
      Like :)

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No Subject
Posted on: 2014-01-26 17:41:16   By: Anonymous
Good riddance! It would be nice if they all left.

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    Posted on: 2014-01-26 20:41:54   By: Anonymous
    Guns Suck. You guys/gals ever pickup after yourself?. Just today multiple piles of 12 guage shells buy Whitepines. Even if there in a pile you still can't clean them up. Oh yeah I must be a liberal or for Obama. It must be your view of entitlements. Its not littering, its a weapon and I am entitled by the constitution. Well FU

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      The Spelling Otter
      Posted on: 2014-01-26 22:43:01   By: Anonymous
      It's "gauge" and "by".

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        Re: The Spelling Otter
        Posted on: 2014-01-26 22:44:04   By: Anonymous
        ...and "they're"

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          Re: The Spelling Otter
          Posted on: 2014-01-26 23:15:13   By: Anonymous
          I am a gun owner, I shoot on my own land but if I was in an area where it was legally permitted to shoot, then I would go by the old "leave it like you found it" rule, if i make a mess, whether it be cigarette butts or shotgun shells, I am picking them up and disposing of them properly (which means NOT ON THE GROUND!).

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Never miss a chance to say nothing...
Posted on: 2014-01-27 15:24:39   By: Anonymous
Good-bye sweet America. You were a grand experiment while you lasted. A country filled with opportunity where families, friendship and faith were all held in the highest regard. A place where it was not only uncommon, but the rule for someone in real need to get a helping hand from someone only slightly better off than they. Harsh words may have been spoken in private, but rarely in public. Freedom was celebrated and the risk that came with it was understood and accepted. One need only read the comment section of any news or social media site to see those days are gone.

It seems now that God, straight people, and guns are all bad. The notion that someone should be admired because of the substance of their character has been replaced with admiration because of the car they drive, the volume of profanity in their lyrics or because of who they make babies with. We seem to want to legislate a risk free world where things that may hurt us are illegal and things we once had to work for are a right.

There was a time we disagreed with civility; with the intention of understanding the opposite point of view and perhaps swaying an argument. Now we publicly pronounce each other morons, idiots, freeloaders or worse when we disagree. We were a very diverse nation made up of people from the four corners of the world. Different cultures, opinions and perspectives. The latter two now seem to draw contempt. Don't dare disagree.

As a guy who survived dodge ball games, tackle football at the park without pads, toy guns (real ones too), and shopping without the benefit of anti-bacterial wipes for the cart, I miss the old days. They were far from perfect, but I know a bunch of people who feel like I do. Someone once said, "Never miss an opportunity to say nothing". Perhaps I'll regret not following that advice.

Be nice folks. We're all trying hard and we're all carrying our own rocks.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2014-01-27 17:59:32   By: Anonymous
Don't fool yourselves - Smith and Wesson is interested in one thing only, profit. Fear sells guns and the gun lobby are master marketers.

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    Posted on: 2014-01-27 22:47:46   By: Anonymous
    why, this sounds like our Vallecito guy! Huuu-eee, we have so much to look forward to in District 3, Calaveras County

    Shooters don’t know self-defense from murder.

    There was a story in GunFAIL LIV picked up from WSAZ in Huntington, WV. Two men were shot at long range with a rifle by a man from his home.

    This incident has struck me deeply. Partially because I grew up in Huntington/Barboursville and partly because I can see my self going happily to a new piece of property I’ve just bought or rented. The dead men were planning to build on a lot they had just bought and went to look at it. A neighbor was confused and thought wrongly they were on his land and just killed them outright. No warning, no first aid, didn’t even call 911—just killed them.

    It is affecting me as much as anything since Newtown where I could see my grandson in each of the dead kids. Feelings are important in the struggle for and against guns. The feelings of heartbreak and despair from those who have lost loved ones vs. the feelings of power and exhilaration of gun lovers. You can love guns or you can love people; but you have to be under a serious delusion to love both.

    I hear the concrete arguments that cars, hammers, swimming pools, etc. kill more than guns. Or that guns make one safer. Or that being armed to the teeth is a God given constitutional right. These are baloney on a literal level; but, more than that, they are just ways of saying “I want what I want, and I don’t care about the consequences for anyone else.”

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      Posted on: 2014-01-28 05:24:02   By: Anonymous
      Need only reference the cities where gun crime is through the roof, gun control has not worked there.

      All (3) of you disgusting low life pot smoking Liberals are dead wrong.

      Please, feel free to plant a sign in your front yard " I DO NOT BELIEVE IN GUNS"

      Additionally, call the Sheriff and tell them, " I DO NOT WISH FOR THE SHERIFF TO USE GUNS TO PROTECT ME & MY LOVED ONES"

      Criminals will acquire weapons, gun laws will not change that.

      I love California, it's the Commi - Pinko - ... I have issues with my sexuality!

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        Posted on: 2014-01-28 05:25:54   By: Anonymous

        ... I have issues with my sexuality! ... I have issues with my sexuality!
        ... I have issues with my sexuality!

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          Posted on: 2014-01-28 05:27:38   By: Anonymous

          ... I have issues with my sexuality!

          ... I have issues with my sexuality!

          ... I have issues with my sexuality!

          ... I have issues with my sexuality!
          ... I have issues with my sexuality!

          I most definately do not...

          So much for the PINETREE...

          I will tell everyone I know about JOHN & KIM being Liberal low lifes....

          What a shame...

          ... I have issues with my sexuality!
          ... I have issues with my sexuality!
          ... I have issues with my sexuality!

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John & Kim word manipulation & liberal slant in a news organzation SAME OLD SHIT !
Posted on: 2014-01-28 05:31:08   By: Anonymous
Be careful all you posters !

John & Kim are Leftist Liberal

You may have your words changed in a post.



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Posted on: 2014-01-28 07:39:51   By: Anonymous
A mentally unstable intruder in Oregon reportedly asked a woman he was following if she “wanted to meet God.”
The intruder is the one who almost got to have the meeting.
The man had followed a Milwaukie, OR woman into her apartment. That’s when she grabbed her gun from her bedroom.
Upon seeing the gun, the man fled. He tried to enter other apartments before being restrained by other residents.
Police took the man into custody and are holding him for a mental evaluation.

According to a report by KENS5, police are familiar with the suspect.
No one was hurt during the encounters.
This is another example of a defensive gun use in which no shots were fired, no one was hurt and the bad guy ended up behind bars. Despite defensive gun uses of this type being extremely common, they are not always included in defensive gun use statistics, which often only look at incidents in which someone was shot or killed.

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Thousands of these.....
Posted on: 2014-01-28 07:52:35   By: Anonymous
One of the most terrifying thoughts for most people is knowing that your young children are in a home with a potentially violent intruder.
That’s exactly what happened to one family in Arkansas last week.
A man identified as William Anthony Wilson, age 27, forced his way through the backdoor of a home in Ashdown, AR around 11pm on September 13.
The family which included an adult male, female and two preschool aged children was asleep in the home during the break in.
The suspect entered several rooms in the home before encountering the male homeowner, who had armed himself with a handgun.

The homeowner opened fire, striking the suspect at least once. When the shooting started, the suspect fled the home.
The suspect made it about 100 yards outside the home before collapsing. He was transported by responding emergency personnel to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police say no charges will be filed against the homeowner, who acted in self defense.

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