Long-Gun Sales Drop in California

A more-than 50% decline in sales shows the state's recently enacted gun ban was the motivator behind last year's buying frenzy.

Since a ban on guns with bullet buttons in California went into effect, last year's surge of long-gun sales has ebbed.
Since a ban on guns with bullet buttons in California went into effect, last year's surge of long-gun sales has ebbed.photo from bulletbutton.com

In what could be called further proof that gun control efforts encourage people to buy more guns, it appears the long-gun buying surge in California last year has tapered off greatly since new gun laws actually went into effect, making many popular firearms illegal to buy in the state.

This story from guns.com says long-gun sales in the state were down 54 percent last month, a full year after the infamous bullet-button ban went into effect.

“California dealers submitted 21,721 applications for long guns through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System in July, less than half of nearly 48,000 processed in 2016. The surge came in the weeks and months after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a package of gun control bills, many of which went into effect in January of this year.”

“Dealers reported the bullet button ban, in particular, kick-started a boon that led to record-breaking background checks — and by proxy, sales — through the end of the year.”

“Brown signed a bill July 1 outlawing guns outfitted with bullet buttons as part of a package of legislation drafted in response to the Dec. 2, 2015 San Bernardino mass shooting.” The law also says that anyone who already owns a gun with a bullet button will be required to register them with the state.

A bullet-button is a device that allows a magazine to be ejected from an AR-platform rifle using a small tool instead of the magazine release button. Many use the tip of a spitzer-shaped bullet to do so.

"The whole anti-gun movement, taking guns from citizens, literally has everyone and their grandmother buying firearms before they can't get them anymore because they want to be able to be protected," said Christopher Lapinksi, operatations manager at Last Stand Readiness & Tactical in Sacramento, California in an interview with Fox40.

As for gun registration in California, state regulators rejected the California Department of Justice’s proposed new rules on which guns would qualify under the state’s ban and exactly how the registration process would work in June. That month, Brown extended the registration deadline to July 1, 2018.