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  •  That probably had more to do with the fact (1+ / 0-)
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    that the microstamping technology was the patented intellectual property of one company (which, IIRC, makes and sells no equipment implementing that patent.)

    When they couldn't get anybody interested in licensing their patent, they went to the CA legislature (which has never seen any gun control law they won't pass) to try to get the licensing of their IP made mandatory in the largest single civilian firearms market in the country... if you leave out the US as a whole, probably the largest in the world.

    And they succeded. The law was passed, but an injunction has held it in abeyance... there's another law in California that prevents the Legislature from mandating anyting that is covered by patent, unless the licenses for the IP are free. Needless to say, the dedicated public safety advocates at the firm holding the patent declined to give away their wonderful technology for the benefit of The People.

    You can perhaps understand why an association of manufacturers might oppose such rent-seeking. You can also unerstand why the patent holder might engage in it, and why self-aggrandizing politicans might jump on board in the name of "protecting the public."

    Still, I didn't know that SAAMI had done such lobbying... I stand corrected on that.

    --Shannon

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    by Leftie Gunner on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 08:25:02 PM PST

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