Trailing only Kentucky and Indiana, California continues to show a growing trend among residents: they want more guns.
In the month of February, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System processed 214,844 background check applications for firearm transfers in California. While that number may be down from January’s total of 220,912, California sits comfortably at the top of the list of states with the most applications processed in 2016, a trend that started with the terrorist attack in December.
“Most mass shootings have not triggered quite this great an increase in gun purchasing,” says UCLA law professor Adam Winkler. “The fear of new gun control leads to more gun sales.”
If Californians’ fears were amped up after the terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, they were kicked into overdrive when two anti-gun bills were introduced in January. The NRA-ILA reported :