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California has seen a surge in gun sales in recent months, with background checks hitting new highs, continuing trends that began after last year’s terrorist attack in San Bernardino.

KPCC obtained data on firearms sales from the California Department of Justice, which tracks them through a system known as the Dealer’s Record of Sale.

As of April 15, the data show more than 44,000 firearms sold in Los Angeles so far this year, and another 21,000 sold in both Orange and Riverside. Nearly 20,000 firearms have been sold in San Bernardino County.

Sales are outpacing last year’s, particularly for the Inland Empire counties.

The sales reflect both handguns and long guns, such as rifles. The numbers could all tick up, as there are pending sales in each county.

Local retailers say they saw the surge start after the mass shooting in San Bernardino, in which 17 people were killed.

“Everybody and their mother was coming out and just getting firearms,” said Vince Torres, who owns the Bullseye Sport gun store in Riverside.

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