California gun rush: People ‘lined up out the door and around the block’ to beat deadline

More stringent gun control legislation, generally intended to take more guns off the street, always has the exact opposite result, as California is starting to learn.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a string of six firearm control laws in July, which are to take effect on January 1. Now customers are descending upon their local gun shops in droves to beat that New Year’s day deadline.

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The measures include a restriction on magazine sizes as well as a background check requirement to purchase ammunition.

Also included is a ban on the sale of weapons having a “bullet button,” a device to quickly drop one magazine so that a new, fully loaded one can be quickly inserted into the magazine well. Such firearms will be considered an “assault weapon” and illegal.

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As a result, Riverside’s Bullseye Sport sold out its complete inventory of AR-15s, America’s most popular rifle, according to KCAL-9 News.

“We had a lady that came in and she had three daughters and herself,” Bullseye owner Vince Torres told the station. “She bought one for each of the kids and one for herself.”

They’ll no longer be legally available in the Golden State when January 1 comes.

“Technically, the first of the year, these guns cannot be on the wall,” Torres said.

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Add to that, laws already on the books require a 10-day waiting period to purchase a firearm, meaning that Wednesday, December 21 is the actual final day.

Guns.com reported:

Sales of the long guns have doubled, gun store owners report. Since Brown signed the ban on July 1, nearly 260,000 semiautomatic rifles have been purchased in California. That’s far more than all of 2015, when more than 153,000 such guns were bought.

 

And when just comparing those to the sales figures from the same period last year, it represents a 300 percent increase.

“We have people lined up out the door and around the block,” said Terry McGuire, owner of the Get Loaded gun store in San Bernardino County, according to Guns.com.

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It doesn’t much matter whether they know anything about firearms or not — if they know they’ll soon can’t have one, they want one.

“A lot of people saying I want to buy one of those ARs,” Torres said. “I would say, ‘Do you know what you’re buying?’ And they would say, ‘No just want one of those AR’s.’”

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