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Californians buying guns at record rate

Posted on 12/05/2012 2:04:15 PM PST by dragnet2

Californians are buying more guns than ever.

As of November, the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System had run 981,798 background checks related to guns in California, beating out totals for previous years before 2012 is even over. The numbers jumped about 8 percent from last year, part of a steady increase since 2008.

This year, however, the system broke records, with 154,873 calls on Nov. 23, up about 20 percent from Black Friday last year. With the high volume of calls, officials shut down call centers briefly to allow the system to catch up, Fischer said.

Among California gun buyers, the spike was even more pronounced.

Across all levels of government, officials have made moves to regulate gun ownership, he added. While the most restrictive regulations would likely be overturned by courts under the Second Amendment's right to bear arms, Eastman said a risk of control was enough to encourage prospective gun owners to buy while they can.

Outside of political strife, economic uncertainty has also inspired people to look for more protection, he said. Violent crimes have steadily declined in recent years, according to FBI statistics, but Eastman said concerns remain that those in desperate financial straits could be a threat to safety. With talk among politicians about cutting social benefits, financial hardships could become worse for many, creating an even more volatile situation, he said. Concerns are also high about preparedness in case of disasters, such as Hurricane Sandy.

"It's like a perfect storm," he said.

Charlie Blek, president of the Orange County chapter of advocacy group the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence "The National Rifle Association has done a wonderful of demonizing President Obama," he said.

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KEYWORDS: 2ndamendment; banglist; ca
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To: FreedomPoster
Do you think that’s slowing down the illegals much in their acquisition of firearms?

No. Just don't want my FRiends to get in trouble with the law.

I wonder. Could you also get in trouble if you made arrangements to meet someone in Nevada to make a private sale?

81 posted on 12/05/2012 6:09:50 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: NFHale
Point is, you had a place to get away to. What do you do when there IS no other place to go to?

I agree fully. I held out in CA for as long as I could but as the tag line says...

I used to volunteer in the campaigns, I wrote letters to the editors, argued futilely with liberal friends, contributed hundreds over the years to a Republican Party that I watched turn from the Party of Reagan to the party of Meg Whitman, etc., etc. Finally I just got fed up and left - taking my tax dollars with me and leaving my druggie nephews to grow their 8 plants, cash their never ending unemployment checks and collect their housing subsidies while waiting for the EBT card to get recharged every month. The idiots who elected the politicians who gave them the benefits can support them now.

The only good thing about the recent redistricting in AZ is that politics here is no longer competitive. (We had an independent commission. This should give the folks in CA a good laugh.) I'm still free to make my meager political contributions to conservative candidates in other states and I would recommend others in red states or blue do the same. That and keep the faith, resist the encroaching tyranny and as always, be prepared for the worse.

82 posted on 12/05/2012 6:11:17 PM PST by InABunkerUnderSF (Because 2 terms with Jerry Brown as Governor is all I could take.)
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To: smokingfrog

So I lost all my guns in a boating mishap

83 posted on 12/05/2012 6:18:12 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: trisham

Im one

84 posted on 12/05/2012 6:23:14 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: 556x45

FU you noobie

85 posted on 12/05/2012 6:24:15 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Travis McGee

Or half as many types.

86 posted on 12/05/2012 7:06:16 PM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: Kickass Conservative

KC, thanks for the info. Explains why some will choose to foregoe the entire state, which can and probably will get worse.

87 posted on 12/05/2012 7:25:50 PM PST by SparkyBass
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

88 posted on 12/05/2012 8:00:00 PM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood ("Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???")
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To: SparkyBass

ALL handguns on the DOJ roster are expiring, and the AG is not letting them be renewed. The last gun on the list will expire on 12-31-13. Of 1,310 guns on the list, half will have expired on 7-1-13. Check out the CA doj website and checkout the legal for sale roster. In effect, new handguns will not be eligible for purchase after next year.

89 posted on 12/06/2012 1:41:50 AM PST by Dogpatch06
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To: Dogpatch06
SAY WHAaaaaaa!?

You mean to say that after sometime in 2013, NO handguns will be for sale in CA!? Link?
90 posted on 12/06/2012 2:27:25 AM PST by CaptSkip
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To: Dogpatch06

Wow, thanks.
Left CA 7.5 years ago... no looking back, well, only to visit my dad.

91 posted on 12/06/2012 7:01:04 AM PST by SparkyBass
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To: al baby

A perfect example. :) Our FReepers in California are also generous and loyal donors to this site.

92 posted on 12/06/2012 7:11:35 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: NFHale

I agree with your statements of support for others.
Anyone anywhere who believes in freedom and is struggling to maintain freedom, human, and property rights has my support. I am on their team. Of course, I live in a state not much different than California, governmentally.
I am not “where I live”—I am “what I believe”.

93 posted on 12/06/2012 7:38:14 AM PST by iacovatx (Conservatism is the political center--it is not "right" of center)
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To: 556x45; trisham
This very attitude is why nothing will change positively in CA. Its everyone else’s fault. Hmm, sounds like liberal logic.

So tell me slick, are you taking the blame for having a Communist block Captain out of Chicago as President?

Is it everyone else fault?

Or just do you just uncontrollably burp up inconsistent comments as a matter of routine?

94 posted on 12/06/2012 8:27:32 AM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: NFHale

Well said. “We must all hang together, or we shall surely ...” (you know how to complete the sentence)

95 posted on 12/06/2012 8:39:28 AM PST by iacovatx (Conservatism is the political center--it is not "right" of center)
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To: iacovatx

“...I am not “where I live”— I am “what I believe”...”

Well said and spot on the money.

Thank you, friend.

96 posted on 12/06/2012 8:46:11 AM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

A most unusual looking revolver, the Rhino...nasty and intimidating. I like it.

I like “The Judge” from Taurus too..

97 posted on 12/06/2012 8:49:05 AM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: 556x45

You’re right..there are a lot of ignorant liberals in CA, but before you refer to the state as a cesspool, please realize that there were 5M who voted (R) vs 1.5M in Tennessee. While CA has its problems, there are huge numbers of conservatives that will fix them. Don’t forget ammo Californians. If it’s somehow ever legislated out, an empty gun does nothing.

98 posted on 12/06/2012 9:09:20 AM PST by sanjuanbob
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To: iacovatx; trisham

“...We must all hang together...”

You have to wonder why it’s so difficult for some people to understand that most simple, basic principle.

The other side has NO problem understanding it.

You also wonder what the Founders went through with people of their own time - there were of course the Loyalists, who saw the Crown as the legitimate governmental authority;

then of course, they had their “moderates” too, I would imagine - those who tried to play both sides of the fence, watching which flag should be hung out at the end of each day (worthless scumbags)...

And they had the hardcore Rebels who wanted Direct Action (Sam Adams comes to mind), as well as those advising patience and caution...

What of the folks who tried to stay out of it? How did they deal with them? Ultimately, balancing on a fence gets you pushed to one side or the other; you can’t sit there forever.

I imagine their time was not much different than ours, human-nature wise.

And yet they still managed to create a country...

99 posted on 12/06/2012 9:11:40 AM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: sanjuanbob

Whats the voting population of CA compared w/ those who voted republican? Is that > the same ratio of TN voters? I suspect not but couldnt say for sure.

CA not only has its problems but exports them as well.

Your last comments are baffling. To me it sounds like youll just roll over.

100 posted on 12/06/2012 9:17:02 AM PST by 556x45
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