A House Democrat from Orange County introduced legislation last week that would hitch North Carolina’s handgun policy to that of the state of California.
The bill would have the state utilize the California Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale, prohibiting the ownership, sale, transfer or possession of handguns not on that list.
The legislation, HB1060, has been placed in the House Rules Committee where it will likely die after the end of the Short Session.
The bill is being sponsored by Rep. Verla Insko (D-Orange) and other Democrat legislators.
The legislation does provide that gun owners who have handguns that are not included on the California roster when the register would be set to go active on 2019 would be able to keep those firearms, but they could not be sold or transferred unless it was to a sheriff to be destroyed or to certified dealers, who could then only sell them to other certified dealers.
The legislation was filed under the title “Ensure Safe Handguns” and is ostensibly a way for the state to ensure that certain handguns are safe when it comes to dropping and the melting points of the firearms, but in looking at the content of California’s roster, that logic begins to break down.
In recent years adjustments to the California roster reputed makers of the 1911 pistol platform such as Colt and Smith and Wesson had their offerings pulled from the list of approved makers while budget manufacturers of the same platform remain on the list.
Or in the way that many of the models offered by Sig Sauer, one of the foremost handgun manufacturers in the world, were removed from the list of acceptable firearms for ownership in the state but other firearm makes like Cobra Enterprises, which are known for making low-quality firearms, remains on the approved list.
Another odd facet of the list is the approval of the Beretta 92 series of pistols but a pistol of the same platform made by Taurus is not on the approved list.
If manufacturers make small adjustments to their firearm models they can be removed from the roster, or if the manufacturer doesn’t pay the annual $200 fee per model to keep the handgun on the roster, it can be removed.
There is an additional requirement that for new models going onto the list that they must be micro-stamp capable, meaning that the gun will make an identifiable marker, traceable to a particular handgun, on each round of ammunition run through the gun.
In 2016, there were 517 model of handguns available for purchase in the state of California, of those 210 were duplicates of other firearms with cosmetic differences, leaving only 307 choices of handguns for those in the state, and that number shrinks each year.