Despite restrictive gun control laws, California residents still manage to own and buy firearms, according to a report in the Fresno Bee.
The Golden State has among the most restrictive gun laws in the nation, and lots of firearms are prohibited. However, according to the newspaper, “A quarter of Californians live in a house with a gun, according to a new survey.” It’s the California Safety and Wellbeing Survey.
That survey, done by UC Davis, covers research done in 2018 about firearm ownership and acquisition in California. It estimates 4.2 million California adults own an estimated 20 million guns, and another 3.1 million live in a home with someone else who does. Ten percent of gun owners own more than ten firearms, while the average number of firearms owned by a single individual is five, according to a series of fact sheets.
The majority of guns in the state are rifles and shotguns, while handguns make up about 45 percent of the guns owned. These firearms are owned for different reasons, the study revealed, with protection against people and animals topping the list in the handgun category. Long gun owners have a variety of reasons.
Most California gun owners are male (73 percent) and white (64 percent). Forty-three percent are age 60 or older. The “vast majority” of these guns were purchased at retail.
The apparent message here is that even with all the restrictive gun laws in California, people can still buy firearms. They just can’t buy any firearm, such as a so-called “assault weapon” or many models of handguns that have not been cleared for sale under parameters set by the state Department of Justice.
Translation: Some infringement on the Second Amendment is apparently okay, so long as people can still purchase and own different types of firearms.
The Fresno Bee story referred to a Small Arms Survey, a project of the Graduate Institute of the International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, that estimates more than 393 million guns are privately owned in the U.S.
“That’s more guns than there are Americans,” the story noted.
Gun control laws have become increasingly restrictive under years of Democrat control of the legislature in Sacramento.
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