In latest clash with NRA, Gov. Newsom signs bill to help police trace guns

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Representatives from the FBI and Los Angeles Police Department display weapons seized after a raid in which three dozen reputed members of street gangs from the San Fernando Valley and South Los Angeles were arrested on Feb. 13, 2019. (Mark Ralston / AFP / Getty Images)

Representatives from the FBI and Los Angeles Police Department display weapons seized after a raid in which three dozen reputed members of street gangs from the San Fernando Valley and South Los Angeles were arrested on Feb. 13, 2019. (Mark Ralston / AFP / Getty Images)

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New pistol models sold in California will eventually have to include micro-stamping technology that will make them easier to trace by law enforcement if they are used in crimes, under legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The measure is the latest flashpoint in a years-long battle between the governor and the National Rifle Assn. that included a clash over Proposition 63, a 2016 initiative by then-Lt. Gov. Newsom, which regulated guns and ammunition.

The NRA has sued the state half a dozen times to challenge gun laws supported by Newsom, including that initiative.

The new law, which takes effect July 1, 2022, also requires the handguns to be equipped with safety measures including chamber load indicators and magazine disconnect mechanisms.

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