Mass. company won't sell some pistols in Calif.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson Corp. says it won't sell new models of its semi-automatic handguns in California to avoid complying with a provision in the state's gun law that took effect last year.

Springfield, Mass.-based Smith & Wesson said Thursday it won't add microstamping, a marking used to differentiate bullet casings, on those products as the law requires. The company said microstamping is cost prohibitive and unreliable as a crime deterrent.

Smith & Wesson said it expects sales of its California-compliant revolvers, which aren't required to have microstamping, will offset the impact to the company.

Smith & Wesson said the California law, which also requires re-approval of pistols that undergo enhancements or improvements other than cosmetic changes, challenges all manufacturers.

Two gun industry trade groups are challenging the microstamping requirement in California state court.

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