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For more than a decade and a half, Los Angeles has banned the sale of ultracompact guns, which lawmakers feared could be more easily hidden by criminals.

Now the city is poised to eliminate that rule in the face of legal warnings from the National Rifle Assn. and the California Rifle & Pistol Assn., which say that the city restrictions have been preempted by state law.

L.A.s longstanding ban prohibits firearm dealers in the city from selling smaller guns that measure up to 6.75 inches in length and 4.5 inches in height, as well as holsters to carry them.

Well, those measurements seem arbitrary.

6 Responses to “Ultracompact?”

  1. Lyle Says:

    Arbitrary is the name of the game for Progressives. Any restriction is a good restriction, especially if it asttacks a specific, enumerated right.

  2. Maxpwr Says:

    Since no new semi-autos can be sold in the state of California that don’t have microstamping on them the law probably isn’t doing much. Plus, not too many FFLs in LA anyway.

  3. rickn8or Says:

    They have seen the LIGHT!!

    Cue The Usual Suspects decrying death and mayhem…

    Maxpwr, and even fewer CHL’s

  4. mikee Says:

    I, for one, think basing laws on the premise that criminals will follow the proscriptions therein is EXACTLY the sort of utopian positivism that has gotten us so far in the gun rights debate.

  5. Billll Says:

    Compact 9’s were essentially designed back in the 80’s when Dianne Feinstein demanded that mags be limited to 10 rounds or so. The gun makers shortened the grips to accommodate the shorter mags, and since this made the guns look funny, they shortened the uppers to match. Voila! a full power 9×19 that would disappear into ones pocket. Thus the appellations of “pocket rocket” or “Feinstein” of which the first seemed to stick, possibly because the media didn’t want to make the connection too obvious.

  6. JFM Says:

    Banning guns because of their size? That’s Racissssttt!