From OpenJustice: Gun sales have surged in recent years, driven by sales of both handguns and long guns. From 1996 to 2007, sales were relatively flat except for a spike in 1999, where long gun sales increased 75% and handgun sales increased 30% (probably in anticipation of the passage of several California gun regulation laws). The rise in 2013 likely again reflected purchases in anticipation of gun-related legislation. In 2011 a law was passed that would require record-keeping on who purchases long guns (a longstanding requirement for handguns). Sales of long guns increased 75% in the two years prior to the law going into effect in 2014. In 2016 more than 1.3 million guns were sold in California, reaching an all-time peak.
OpenJustice is a data-driven initiative that embraces transparency to strengthen trust, enhance government accountability, and improve public policy in the criminal justice system. Recent events in California and across the nation have highlighted the need for an important conversation between law enforcement and the communities we are sworn to protect. It is important that part of it be in a universal language — numbers.