How California’s Gun Control Laws Actually Increased Gun Sales

Three years ago, Elliot Rodger went on a killing spree in Isla Vista, CA. He shot, stabbed and ran over innocent victims, wounding 14 and killing 6. Richard Martinez, father of one of the victims shot and killed by Rodgers, has become an avid gun control advocate. Martinez, as well as others, blames weak politicians and the NRA.

The Arbitrary Response

Jerry Brown, California’s governor, signed six gun-control laws last July. One of the laws passed bans rifles with bullet buttons. The bullet buttons were added in order to make semi-automatics compliant with the states firearms laws. Also, on January 1, 2017 previously legal assault rifles were taken off the California gun store shelves.

While mass shootings are horrific it is clear that Americans and politicians do not agree on the arbitrary gun-control laws that had been passed in response to gun-control advocates.

The Unintended Results

The proof is in the pudding, American’s purchased more guns than ever. Between the time that the bills were signed and when they went into effect, 257,895 semi-automatic rifles were sold statewide. To get a better idea of what that means, 364,643 semi-automatic rifles were sold in 2016 while 2015 saw only 153,931 semi-automatic rifle sales.

The increase in sales wasn’t limited to semi-automatic riles. 700,000 guns were sold in 2015, while 2016 saw the sale of 1.3 million guns. Each of the prior four years had seen between 800,000 and 960,000 gun sales. Compared to a decade ago when California never saw more than 345,000 gun sales a year between 2002 and 2005.

This trend spread across the country. FBI background checks are the strongest indicator of the nation’s gun sales. In 2016, 27,528,671 background checks were performed. This destroyed the previous 2015 record of 23,141,970. After analyzing the numbers, the popular Long Beach shooting range has concluded that Obama and gun control advocates turned out to be the industry’s gun salesmen of the year.

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