Despite Gunpocalypse, Californians are on pace to purchase a million guns in 2016. During the first half of 2016, 554,203 firearms have been sold in California, compared to 845,00 sold in all of 2015.
The soaring gun sale totals—which show 554,203 firearms sales through late July—come in the wake of mass shootings in Orlando and Dallas, followed by calls for gun control legislation. KPCC obtained the new data from the California Department of Justice's gun tracking system, the Dealer Record of Sales (DROS). The system shows gun sales on track to surpass 2015 nearly everywhere in the state.
That may seem incongruous with the fact that the percentage of households in the U.S. with guns in them has been falling for decades.
"It's more of the same people buying guns," said UCLA Law Professor Adam Winkler. "It's not going to result in more households having guns."
Sales in 2014 and 2015 were 890,000 and 845,000, respectively. If sales continue at their current pace, they would hit 999,000 in 2016, and could top one million if the bounce in sales this summer sustains.
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