Ruger CEO Mike Fifer on Microstamping Law: We’re Being Forced Out of the State by California DOJ

According to Ruger CEO Mike Fifer, despite the State of California imposing microstamping laws, Ruger is going to keep fighting to protect Second Amendment rights.

According to, who spoke to Fifer at a SHOT Show 2014, he said, “We’re being forced out of the state by the California Department of Justice,” explained Fifer. “This insistence on microstamping, which doesn’t work, is denying you your rights to have access to these guns. We’re not abandoning the [California] market at all, we are trying our hardest to stay in the market. We’re committed to California and we’re fighting this every inch of the way,” he added.

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Under the law, which was signed by former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2007, new guns sold in California have to have microstamping capabilities.  The law is now just taking effect because “the private patents that precluded the law from taking effect have expired,” reported

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“Microstamping” means that information like the make, model and serial number of the gun is stamped on the tip of the gun’s firing pin, so when it is fired, the etching is transferred to both the cartridge casing and the run, allowing the potential for law enforcement to trace the spent casing and fired cartridges. According to, however, the microstamping technology can be circumvented, rendering it useless.

The NRA sent out an email this week saying, “Gun owners outside California should anticipate “microstamping” efforts in their states. Do what it takes to elect pro-Second Amendment governors and state legislators to deny the anti-gunners additional victories.”

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