Dramatic Decrease Belies Gun Lobby Hype

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  1. Doglips

    Doglips Guest


    For Immediate Release:

    California Handgun Sales Plummet to Record 30-Year Low

    Dramatic Decrease Belies Gun Lobby Hype; Demonstrates Huge Shift in Attitudes Toward Handguns

    Handgun sales in California last year dropped to the lowest level since the state began keeping records 30 years ago, according to new data from the state Department of Justice. The sharp downward trend began in the mid-1990s. Handgun sales have fallen by 65 percent since they peaked nearly 10 years ago, even as the state's population has swelled by 70 percent from about 20 million in 1972 to over 34 million today.

    Handgun sales in California were down by over 46,000 (23 percent) from last year and down by over 89,000 (37 percent) from two years ago.

    "Handgun sales in California have fallen dramatically over the last decade because most families don't want handguns anywhere near their kids or their neighborhoods," said Luis Tolley, State Legislative Director of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence united with the Million Mom March. "This huge decrease in handgun sales represents a long-term change in attitudes towards handguns. More and more families are deciding that their families are safer without having handguns lying around. Even though the population has greatly increased in the last 30 years, handgun sales have sharply declined."

    "Despite the gun lobby's hype about gun sales following the September 11 terrorist attacks, handgun sales are actually way, way down in California. Most people are rejecting handguns because they know that having handguns in the home or around their kids just makes them less safe," concluded Tolley.

    Below is a chart of handgun sales in California from 1972 through 2001. Data from the California Department of Justice Data.

    Year Handgun Sales

    2001 155,203
    2000 201,865
    1999 244,569
    1998 189,481
    1997 204,409
    1996 215,804
    1995 254,626
    1994 382,085
    1993 433,822
    1992 382,122
    1991 329,133
    1990 330,295*
    1989 333,069
    1988 291,171
    1987 273,628
    1986 266,480
    1985 293,624
    1984 275,882
    1983 268,462
    1982 311,870
    1981 371,160
    1980 325,041
    1979 268,447
    1978 258,485
    1977 225,412
    1976 204,658
    1975 231,916
    1974 234,691
    1973 192,108
    1972 190,335

    *Prior to 1991, only handguns sold by licensed gun dealers were recorded (not "private" sales as can occur at gun shows). So pre-1991 numbers undercount actual sales.

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    As the nation's largest national, non-partisan, grassroots organizations leading the fight to prevent gun violence, the Brady Campaign and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence are dedicated to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in their communities.
  2. MikeC

    MikeC G&G Newbie

    Hmm, I wonder how much the bad ecomomy contributed to this?

  3. Calvin

    Calvin G&G Evangelist

    I also wonder if the fact of registration has anything to do with this????