Californians Buying Guns at Record Rates

Californians Buying Guns at Record Rates

Gun sales, which have already accelerated rapidly this year across the nation, skyrocketed in California for the month of November. 

Normally, Black Friday sees an increase in gun sales, but the figures from this Black Friday compared to last year’s are astonishing; there was a 59% increase in gun sales from 2011 to 2012. For the month of November, there was a 49% increase from 2011 to 2012.

The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System ran 981,798 background checks for California gun sales this year by the end of November. This number exceeded the total sales for all of 2011. 

On Black Friday, there were 154,873 calls, 20% more than last year. Gun sales are up to record levels since 2008.

John Eastman, professor and former dean of the Chapman University School of Law, believes “a perfect storm” of factors have led to the increased sales, citing: the strategies employed in the recent election; the chaos engendered by Occupy Wall Street; the federal government’s efforts to regulate gun ownership; economic uncertainty; and talk among politicians of cutting social benefits, which could exacerbate feelings of hostility.