The Shield is the last Smith & Wesson pistol that made it into the California Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale before anti-gun Attorney General Kamala Harris banned all future pistols that lack microstamping, which manufacturers claim is currently a technological impossibility.
From the Press release:
Smith & Wesson Corp. announced today that it has commenced shipping non-microstamped, California-compliant versions of its popular M&P® Shield pistols. Approved and added to the California Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale prior to the microstamping requirement, the new M&P Shield pistols offer customers in California a slim, concealable, lightweight, striker-fired polymer pistol specifically engineered for personal protection.
Built to professional standards and designed to serve as a dependable carry gun for private citizens, the California-compliant M&P Shield pistol is available in both 9mm and .40 S&W. In accordance with state regulations, the new M&P Shield pistols feature a tactile loaded chamber indicator and a magazine safety. The pistols also feature a single-sided thumb safety. The California compliant models feature the original popular design elements which include a high strength polymer frame with a black, corrosion resistant stainless steel slide and barrel. Measuring a compact 6.1 inches in overall length with an unloaded weight of only 19 ounces, the M&P Shield pistol is easily concealed and can be conveniently carried during everyday activities.
Since its initial introduction, the M&P Shield has quickly become one of the most popular personal protection firearms on the market, said Mario Pasantes, Smith & Wessons Senior Vice President of Marketing and Global Professional Sales. Lightweight, comfortable in the hand and highly accurate, the M&P Shield provides the same trusted and proven features found in the full-size M&P pistol, but with an easily concealable profile that is suitable for self defense purposes. As California consumers face a diminishing list of pistol choices for personal protection due to the states microstamping requirement, we are proud to offer them access to our newest and most popular pistols in non-microstamped yet fully compliant versions.
All pistols currently on the California Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale may remain for sale as long as they are not altered or revised. Any revisions or updates will require pistols to once again be submitted for inclusion in the California Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale, which will then deny the gun for not having microstamping.
The plot by anti-gun Democrats is expected to effectively kill the sales of semi-automatic handguns in California within the next 20 years.
The ban does not apply to government agencies.