California is the midst of a background check boom as gun owners are stocking up on inventory before the anti-gun laws passed in July take effect.
Data from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System shows long gun checks spiked 26 percent in July, totaling 47,594 applications — the highest level seen in the the state since December and a 71 percent increase over July 2015.
NICS pegs August as California’s second most active month for long gun checks so far at 43,552 applications, up 61 percent over the same month last year.
Background check statistics serve as a measurement of gun sales across the country. The most recent NICS data for California mirrors reports from local gun retailers who credit the state’s impending ban on “bullet buttons” for spurring the sales boom.
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