California long gun sales down one year after bullet button ban
By Christen Smith
California long gun sales decline 54 percent one year after the state’s bullet button ban. (Photo: GunsAmerica.com)
Long gun sales in California declined 54 percent last month, one year after the bullet button ban sparked a six-month selling frenzy.
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.
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 ban bill also stipulated gun owners already in possession of the outlawed weapons would be required to register the firearms with the state.
Christopher Lapinski, operations manager at Last Stand Readiness & Tactical in Sacramento, told local news outlets last year he’d noticed more customers looking for weapons with the bullet buttons — a magazine quick-release mechanism operated with