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Which states require new handgun models to have microstamping technology?

1 state has adopted this policy

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Microstamping for New Handguns

Alabama has not adopted this policy

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Alaska has not adopted this policy

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California has adopted this policy

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Delaware has not adopted this policy

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Idaho has not adopted this policy

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Iowa has not adopted this policy

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Maine has not adopted this policy

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Massachusetts has not adopted this policy

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North Carolina has not adopted this policy

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Oklahoma has not adopted this policy

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Oregon has not adopted this policy

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Pennsylvania has not adopted this policy

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South Carolina has not adopted this policy

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South Dakota has not adopted this policy

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Tennessee has not adopted this policy

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Texas has not adopted this policy

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Utah has not adopted this policy

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Vermont has not adopted this policy

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Virginia has not adopted this policy

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Washington has not adopted this policy

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West Virginia has not adopted this policy

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Wisconsin has not adopted this policy

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Wyoming has not adopted this policy

What It Does

For decades, manufacturers have refused to build basic ballistics identification features into their guns—including microstamping technology, which marks bullets and cartridge cases with a unique fingerprint each time a firearm is discharged. California bars the sale of any new models that are not “microstamp-ready,” models that enable law enforcement who recover ballistics at the scene of a shooting to immediately identify the gun used to commit the crime.

The Impact

Despite California’s law, gunmakers continue to resist adding microstamping features to the firing pins of their guns—even though they have admitted in court filings that it is technically feasible to do.

Show Citations and Footnotes
Source: Cal. Penal Code § 31910.

Motion to Dismiss: Memorandum of Points and Authorities, Renna v. Becerra, No. 3:20-cv-02190-DMS-DEB (S.D. Cal. Jan. 25, 2021), ECF. No. 12, from at https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/18619597/renna/. 

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