While anti-gun advocates continue to push the false narrative that gun ownership in the United States is drastically declining, Californians are apparently trying to help prove them wrong.
According to a report from radio station KPCC, Californians are on track to potentially purchase a record 1 million guns this year. The latest numbers from the California Department of Justice’s Dealer Record of Sales show 554,203 firearms sold in the state through the end of July.
Roughly 890,000 guns were sold in 2014, with 2015’s total reaching 845,000. If sales continue strong throughout the summer, 2016 sales could reach the million mark. Still, naysayers will be naysayers: The story also quotes UCLA law professor Adam Winkler—who undoubtedly hasn’t examined every single purchase record, so has no way to prove his assertion—as saying: "It's more of the same people buying guns. It's not going to result in more households having guns." Of course, if even one of those 1 million purchasers is a first-time gun buyer, Winkler’s assertion is proven to be patently false.