“There’s not the urgency or urgent need because the window of opportunity is not closing,” said Craig DeLuz, a lobbyist with the Sacramento-based Firearms Policy Coalition, which advocates for gun rights.
In the week following October’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, the deadliest such shooting in recent American history, gun sales in California ticked up. But they didn’t skyrocket, breaking a cycle of spiking gun sales in the state following mass shootings.
Californians purchased 17,226 firearms in the week after the Las Vegas shooting, according to data obtained by KPCC from the California Bureau of Firearms. That was a 12 percent jump from the previous week, but represented only the fifth-highest week of gun sales this year.
After the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando last year, firearms sales jumped 45 percent the following week in California, setting the highest weekly total of the year to that point. Similar spikes followed other mass shootings, including the 2015 incident in San Bernardino.
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