Even though the technology is not viable, and has not been proven to be reliable and practical to implement, the editors want it to become mandatory right away. And if your gun does not have microstamping technology in it? Why then it has to be banned from being sold. This shows just how extreme anti-gun sentiment has become in California. And how totally unknowledgeable about guns the proponents of gun control are. They are actually proposing imaginary solutions to problems that don't even exist!! Here is a link to this editorial: 'Microstamping' technology could help police crack down on gun crimes — if the gun lobby allows it And here is a critique of the editorial: http://bearingarms.com/bob-o/2016/10/24/la-times-editors-call-banning-guns-united-states/ .