Gun sales continue statewide climb

hand gunCalifornia’s experience with gun control and gun sales has created an ironic situation with significant implications for policy: Tighter regulations have increased along with firearms purchases.

The phenomenon cuts both for and against the prevailing party platforms on the political Left and Right. “The increase in handgun sales coincides with a dip in gun-related crimes,” for example, as the San Francisco Chronicle reported, lending support to conservatives’ insistence that most gun owners have no interest in breaking the law and no greater inclination toward violence. “The number of aggravated assaults in California involving a firearm dropped from more than 23,000 in 2005 to less than 16,000 last year,” the paper added. “The number of gun-related murders fell from 1,845 to 1,169 over the same time period.”

Growing unease

On the other hand, the statistics also reinforce the liberal contention that even very strict controls on guns can leave the Second Amendment intact, preserving citizens’ sport shooting and self-defense interests. In a further irony, however, the data indicates that robust gun sales have been boosted by a widespread perception among current gun owners that access to weaponry is being progressively sealed off.  “While more handguns are being sold in California, it doesn’t necessarily mean there are more gun owners. Some researchers have found the number of American households that own a firearm is at a 40-year low, even though transactions are climbing. This suggests a smaller group of people is collecting more weapons,” the Chronicle surmised.

The state’s 2014 ban on openly carrying unloaded guns, going into effect at the beginning of 2016, was “not expected to slow the growth in gun sales,” as SFist noted. Other new rules taking effect on the first of the year required that “pellet, BB, and airsoft guns must be brightly colored, to help distinguish them,” and that “concealed carry permit holders will no longer be allowed to bring their weapons onto school grounds or college campuses,” as the Christian Science Monitor reported.

But another impending law has raised the ire of a relatively broad group of activists and interest groups. January 1 triggers legislation, written and passed in the aftermath of the Isla Vista shooting, that “gives the police or family members the option to petition the courts to seize the guns and ammunition of someone they think poses a threat,” as the Guardian observed — “the first law of its kind in the country.”

Diminishing returns?

But, the paper noted, this so-called gun violence restraining order “has raised concerns from lawmakers and pro-gun groups about civil liberties and questions about how effective it will really be.” The now-customary wave of litigation set to emerge from the uncertain legal landscape was expected to refine the law’s implications, which legislators in Sacramento haggled over on the way to passage. “It will become clearer after petitions begin to flow through the California courts what kind of evidence, minimally, could result in the issuance of a temporary firearms restraining order,” according to the Guardian.

Other new restrictions on guns proposed this election season have raised further questions. While Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has begun campaigning on a policy that “would prohibit their possession and require anyone who has them to sell to a licensed firearm dealer, transfer them out of state or relinquish them to law enforcement for disposal,” as the Sacramento Bee reported, Gov. Jerry Brown has instead played up the limits of California restrictions that aren’t mirrored or reinforced by neighboring states and the federal government. “We have among the strictest gun control regulations in the country, and it doesn’t do us that much good if other states and the federal government is basically passive in this effort to keep guns out of the wrong hands,” Brown told CNN, according to the Bee.

32 comments

Write a comment
  1. desmond
    desmond 3 January, 2016, 19:29

    Newsome is gambling that voters won t he disgusted by his perverted bisexual behavior. People understand that it is wrong to discriminate based on sexual persuasion. It is to be seen if they will accept a bisexual pervert in high office. Tolerance has limits. Perversion is at that limit.

    Reply this comment
  2. Ted. Mentor to the doomed....
    Ted. Mentor to the doomed.... 3 January, 2016, 20:39

    We better hurry and git our gunz quick bfer Obama grabs em alllike he’s a been doin

    Reply this comment
    • Dyspeptic
      Dyspeptic 3 January, 2016, 23:40

      Teddy, you are an amusing moron. In case you haven’t heard, all of the fashionable liberal fascist rags are publishing articles about gun bans, gun prohibition and the ultimate orgasm for gun prohibition libtards, repealing the 2nd Amendment!

      It’s not like we aren’t paying attention you jackass. The New York Times published an ‘historic’ front page editorial recommending massive gun confiscation. Rational people respond to that message by, SURPRISE!, buying more guns. A six year old could figure this stuff out Ted. Really.

      Reply this comment
      • Ted The God of CWD
        Ted The God of CWD 4 January, 2016, 15:09

        That’s rite Dysphoric– They’s a commin for dem ol gunz and out freeeeeedoms!

        LMAO—– Fake moon landing? Obama Death Panels ™, Roswell aliens and gun confiscation! You hillbilly racist coots are simply WONDERful !!

        Reply this comment
  3. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 4 January, 2016, 11:54

    “Teddy, you are an amusing moron…It’s not like we aren’t paying attention you jackass.
    Hahahaha….the “moron” will never recover.

    We live inside his pea sized brain 🙂

    Reply this comment
  4. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 4 January, 2016, 12:23

    “A six year old could figure this stuff out Ted. Really. “

    OK, I see the problem here….Teddy Steals is 70+ in chronological age, but MENTAL AGE he is STILL only 5, a kindergartener, so that explains it!

    Reply this comment
    • Ted
      Ted 4 January, 2016, 15:06

      I LOVE IT!

      I say it—and she repeats it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      I live in the Cuddle Poodles skull!!!!
      Rent’s due baby!!

      Reply this comment
  5. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 4 January, 2016, 13:31

    Newsrom and Moonbeam so stupid and with walnut sized brains too darn arrorgant and ignorant why don’t they return to Stupidland where they came from

    Reply this comment
  6. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 5 January, 2016, 14:13

    It was so great to see President Obama’s new gun initiative today! I hope he was able to ease the minds of all the DOOMERS around that there will be NO mass gun confiscation. How we went so long with the type of loopholes that allow any idiot to buy an assault weapon is beyond belief! Family members of those killed by gun violence now no it was not in vain!

    Reply this comment
    • Phil Ossiferz Stone
      Phil Ossiferz Stone 5 January, 2016, 14:20

      Source: FBI.gov
      Expanded Homicide Data Table 3
      Murder Offenders by Age, Sex, and Race, 2011
      White 4,729
      Black 5,486
      Other 256
      Unknown 4077

      Expanded Homicide Data Table 11
      Murder Circumstances
      by Weapon, 2011
      Total: 12,664
      Total firearms: 8583
      Handguns: 6220
      Rifles: 323
      Shotguns: 356
      Knives or cutting instruments: 1694
      Personal weapons (hands/feet): 726

      Note throughout that for demographic purposes, Hispanics are lumped in with Americans of European descent. When the FBI says ‘White’, they mean Hispanic and Caucasian put together. And yet every cartel member and meth head in the country are still outgunned by black inner-city hoodlums… by a dysfunctional subculture hiding within 13% of our population.

      Note also if you look at our homicide rate broken down by weapon type, 323 people died to rifle fire in 2011. We lose more people to freaking bee stings…. but nobody ever mentions this in public, least of all the dinosaur media. Some minorities are more equal than others, it seems.

      Guns aren’t dangerous. White men aren’t dangerous. Black men aren’t dangerous. The violent, misogynistic, racist hood rat subculture is dangerous. We all know that. But no one wants to talk about it.

      Reply this comment
      • Ted. Mentor to the doomed....
        Ted. Mentor to the doomed.... 5 January, 2016, 21:04

        Yeah— nice theory— tell it to the parents of all those dead kids in Newtown.

        Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz God this place is getting even duller.
        Make America Great Again! Indeed….

        Reply this comment
  7. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 5 January, 2016, 14:14

    It was so great to see President Obama’s new gun initiative today! I hope he was able to ease the minds of all the DOOMERS around that there will be NO mass gun confiscation. How we went so long with the type of loopholes that allow any idiot to buy an assault weapon is beyond belief! Family members of those killed by gun violence now know it was not in vain!

    Reply this comment
    • Ted. Mentor to the doomed....
      Ted. Mentor to the doomed.... 5 January, 2016, 20:59

      I agree intheoc— but these knuckleheads will NEVER let up on the President and their dull-normal paranoia……they hate the first black president and of course can never articulate a good reason why—– lmao it’s a dim witted lot!

      Reply this comment
  8. Stuart Mill
    Stuart Mill 5 January, 2016, 18:05

    Ah yes, Great leadership. I am waiting for a nuke to be used in the Mideast before the Great Leader leaves office. It will be a treat to see how that is spun, ” the failed policies of Reagan and The Bush family have got us to this point, where even a Messiah like me could not stop this moment of justifiable anger by the peace loving followers of the Prophet.” Praise be to him and me.

    Reply this comment
    • Ted. Mentor to the doomed....
      Ted. Mentor to the doomed.... 5 January, 2016, 21:02

      Stuart Mill– EVERY cogent observer knows President Bush and his wilfully false policy of regime change in Iraq to avenge his Dad has created massive instability in the region— I laugh at your feeble attempt to shift blame! lmao

      Reply this comment
  9. desmond
    desmond 6 January, 2016, 03:46

    I like it. If the deal with Iran leads to war and use of a nuclear weapon, it is Bush’s fault. I can see Josh pitching that and the need for bullet control in Utah.

    Reply this comment
    • ted
      ted 6 January, 2016, 09:15

      Well Desi– I think you’re getting ahead of yourself, but, Bush certainly set up the instability. Sorry little buddy!

      Reply this comment
  10. desmond
    desmond 6 January, 2016, 18:25

    Agreed. Marked improvement in the middle east under the guidance of the Obama. The lack of conflict and the good will among the people is the work of a great man. Having the freedom to beat women and butt slam little boys does wonders for the malcontents.

    Reply this comment
    • Ted. Mentor to the doomed....
      Ted. Mentor to the doomed.... 6 January, 2016, 20:30

      Des-

      Can’t you connect the dots little buddy between Bush’s epic blunder of Iraq (invasion and subsequent status of forces agreement) and the current situation?

      Don’t you remember that Sen Obama voted against this stuff? LOL–wow! Did you just want the war to drag on a few more decades? Ya think that had ANYthing to do with the rise of the current mess? LMAO—- I’ll answer it for you– you don’t. And you don’t think climate change is real, the WTC was an inside job AND the moon landing was faked….And you feel strongly that President Obama is a Muslim—- Turn of the Fox TV little buddy!

      Reply this comment
      • afrequentreader
        afrequentreader 7 January, 2016, 12:01

        The president who bears no blame and the mindless drones who follow and reply with such intelligence that it leaves one speechless, not, of course, due to the fact that its true intelligence. Facts are not to be bothered with. Truth be damned.

        As Mr. T once said, “I pity the fool”

        Please keep the replies coming Teddy, NTHEOC, and gang, I’m still lacking my daily intake of laughter invoked by your “realism”.

        Reply this comment
        • Rex the Wonder Dog!
          Rex the Wonder Dog! 7 January, 2016, 18:06

          Please keep the replies coming Teddy, NTHEOC, and gang, I’m still lacking my daily intake of laughter invoked by your “realism”.

          The only thing “real” about these two Stooges is their lack of brain power…they both have GED’s!

          Reply this comment
          • NTHEOC
            NTHEOC 7 January, 2016, 22:27

            The only thing “real” about these two Stooges is their lack of brain power…they both have GED’s!
            ——————————
            Hahahahah, this coming from REX who has never ONCE predicted a single thing that has come about. Lmao! What are now zero for ??????????

        • NTHEOC
          NTHEOC 7 January, 2016, 22:20

          afrequentreader,
          So, when did you decide to exit your bunker and join the rest of the DOOMERS? You must not be to frequent a reader or you would know I have a 100% track record on being right on about every topic this DOOMER site puts out! Oh I do miss the good old days of the CWD when California was going BK, California is the next Greece or Detroit, My pension system was Going away, my 3%@50 was going away, all the new taxes would be voted down, the big revolution was coming,etc,etc, blah blah! So why don’t you mindless drone DOOMERS send the CWD some money, they are begging you……

          Reply this comment
          • Rex the Wonder Dog!
            Rex the Wonder Dog! 8 January, 2016, 09:40

            NTHEOC, come on now, stop being a sore loser because you never went to college and have trouble counting past two hands 🙂

            Here you go, a reminder of your GED job

      • Donkey
        Donkey 7 January, 2016, 20:29

        Remember teddy, Obama wanted to remove AR-15’s and hand guns but his legislation was bounced in the house and senate!! 🙂

        Reply this comment
  11. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 7 January, 2016, 18:04

    Don’t you remember that Sen Obama voted against this stuff? LOL–… Ya think that had ANYthing to do with the rise of the current mess? LMAO…. And you don’t think climate change is real, the WTC was an inside job AND the moon landing was faked…. little buddy!

    Yeah man…”LOL”…bitchin dude…”LMAO”…groovey man…”little buddy”…

    Like taking candy from a Teddy!

    Reply this comment
  12. desmond
    desmond 7 January, 2016, 18:30

    Obama had the good judgement to vote the way he did. His idealism and poor decisions are poor judgements. I don t think he is any smarter than Bush. Obama doesn’t t want knowledge of history to interfere with his view of the world. Unfortunately, that is stupid, as dumb as Bush relying on the neocons. Viewing the world through the neocon prism is interesting looking at the mess today.
    Who knows the right course, not me?
    Saying that Obama is correct till we can blame on the next Republican is the asshole thing to do. That is what assholes do.
    Don t be an asshole.

    Reply this comment
  13. Donkey
    Donkey 7 January, 2016, 20:27

    The RAGWUS commies, ntheoc and teddy the parrot continue with their love affair of all things Obama, but show how stupid they really behave. Can these two clowns remember, “if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor.” Or, it was a video that caused the Bengahzi attack on the anniversary of 9/11. Clowns of a feather, just saying!! 🙂

    Reply this comment
  14. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 7 January, 2016, 22:06

    Hey Duncey, remember “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED”!!!! Lol…..

    Reply this comment
    • Donkey
      Donkey 8 January, 2016, 09:10

      It was my RAGWUS trough feeder, until your lover Obama said all is well and he and Hillary gave birth to Isis!! 🙂

      Reply this comment
      • r
        r 8 January, 2016, 09:37

        Hey NTHEOC, remember when Billary said “I did NOT have SEX with THAT woman” 🙂

        Reply this comment
  15. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 9 January, 2016, 07:55

    NTHEOC with their walnut brain would be welcoming a enemy invasion of america since like most all zombies they have no mind

    Reply this comment

Write a Comment

Leave a Reply



Related Articles

CA seeks water relief from pot farmers

California’s protracted drought has upended business as usual for many of the Golden State’s marijuana farmers, who now face both

Will Surfrider’s distortions block Orange County desalination plant?

“Please join us in protecting our coast and ocean by sending the Coastal Commission a message today: DENY THE HUNTINGTON

Second-largest CA firm may be preparing for move to Texas

California could be on the brink of one of its biggest corporate defections yet with the signs that McKesson Corp. –