Incendiary Image of the Day: So Much for Declining Gun Sales? Edition

CalGunSales presented the above chart under the headline The Impossibility of Gun Control, In One Image. Uh, no. Gun control is never impossible. Inadvisable? Of course. Inexcusable? Certainly. Unconstitutional? Obviously. But always possible. As long as this country is home to elitist statists – redundant, yes, but it bears repeating – there’s a chance that perfidious politicians will infringe upon Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Ipso facto California. As for Reason writer J.D. Tuccille’s contention that the CA gun sales chart indicates the indefatigability of firearms freedom . . .

no. At least not for gun control advocates.

Ever since the pre-Obama gun sales surge, though to the post-Obama Sandy Hook gun sales surge, the antis have been claiming that the trend simply reflects “gun nuts'” desire to stockpile as many firearms as possible. This despite the fact that concealed carry permit applications have been ascending like a skyark and industry stats showing that women newbies account for 35% of all new sales.

So the above chart is only mildly incendiary (if such a thing is possible) for gun control advocates. But it should be inflammatory for pro-gun folks. One million sales for a population of 38.8 million [legal] Californians? Could be better! Would be better if the Golden State gun laws weren’t a stain on American liberty.

Meanwhile, the Texas Senate has followed other states’ lead and passed a bill creating a tax-free weekend for guns and ammo sales. The numbers from that event will surely have an incendiary effect on Californian and national gun control advocates. Well not the desired effect – the antis’ will pile on the bile – but an effect nonetheless. Can’t wait.


  1. avatar Kstan says:

    “A rifle behind every blade of grass..”

    1. avatar FsN says:

      And a round for every grain of sand.

      1. avatar Sammy says:

        ooooooooooooo that’s good.

      2. avatar Sammy says:

        “Start stockpiling now for the great panic of ’16-17′”

        ??? What you talkin’ ’bout Willis?

        1. avatar Sammy says:

          i hate computers

      3. avatar UpChuck.Liberals says:

        Hmmmmm, I may be a smidgen short on ammo then. I promise to do my part.

  2. avatar Dannytheman says:

    i would love to see the gun sales pending in Baltimore suburbs right now. Maryland is another gun grabbing state.

  3. avatar Accur81 says:

    I starting buying guns and ammo in earnest in ’07. Prior to that time, I had less than a dozen guns and less than 5,000 rounds. I stocked up based upon a number of things, including the Obama campaign.

    Well, this nation may very well be dumb enough to elect Hillary. It’s time to stock up again.

  4. avatar COREY says:

    just another day from the moms who lie

  5. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    Oh wait-no reason to post on a redundant article.

  6. avatar Gene says:

    I showed the graph to my Wife and she said the peak in 2008 was due to me. Do I get complimentary stock and dividends, Ruger?

    1. avatar Gunr says:

      You might end up getting a divorce??

      1. avatar Gene says:

        No, it gives her justification to put the spike in the quilting equipment and material sales graphs.

  7. avatar dwb says:

    Can’t wait to see the April and may ATF data on background checks from Maryland. Anecdotally, lots of guns sold.

    1. avatar Dark Shroud says:

      It’s past time for the people of Maryland to get permits and buy up rifles.

      Especially for when those officers are found not guilty. All because the State’s DA office had to grandstand.

  8. avatar ThomasR says:

    People are feeling it. A storm is coming.

  9. avatar AllAmerican says:

    Start stockpiling now for the great panic of ’16-17′. Hopefully it’s not near as devastating ammo wise as 12′-13′.

  10. avatar Indiana Tom says:

    Think all of the riots are moving the needle?

  11. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    That and Isis attacks in Texas…

  12. avatar foo dog says:

    All these firearms are purchased by law abiding citizens in CA, where we have both federal AND Ca background checks, handgun AND long gun registration, AND essentially NO CCW permits issued in many ultra-liberal counties.

    Makes you wonder how many ILLEGAL weapons are purchased or brought into California.
    And why exactly is Sheriff Prieto of Yolo County, currently in en banc review on a CCW denial, so afraid of law-abiding citizens that he darkly refers to the unknown numbers of them just waiting to get CCW permits if the court rules against him, and Sheriff Gore in San Diego, for refusing to issue for self defense as good cause.

    Thats right- he is afraid of the law abiding permit holders- not afraid of the criminals with guns…

      1. avatar foo dog says:

        Michel and Associates (NRA Counsel to Peruta) hosts documents on the case, here:

        for a good review of the issues- here is the amicus of Governor of Texas, one of 15 states filing in support of the plaintiff, for self-defense as good cause for CCW permit application.

    1. avatar UpChuck.Liberals says:

      Don’t forget the ‘honorable’ Santa Clara County Sheriff Laura Smith, and her penchant for giving CCW’s to worthy individuals that ‘donate’ $10,000 to her re-election campaign fund.

      Also, just how many lovingly handcrafted AR’s are in this state, all unknown to our dear beloved Kamala Harris.

  13. avatar Gary says:

    Already a talk of another panic?? It is infuriating that these panics are self made by gun owners… yet I still stock up myself. So yes, I am guilty as well. Oops!!

  14. avatar nathanredbeard says:

    Referencing Reason and “elitist statists”? Robert, you’re coming over to the libertarian dark side. Welcome.

  15. avatar styrgwillidar says:

    Can’t help but wonder how many handgun sales in CA are driven by pistols going off roster, folks snapping them up just before that occurs. That and two manufacturers are now out of the non-LEO civilian market in CA, folks are wondering if that will be come more widespread with even less handgun models being sold.

    1. avatar Some Dude says:

      Those very few obsessive compulsives that watch the roster actively would still have trouble figuring out which things are dropping off of it. We don’t get to know in an easy way that some SKU is or is not going to be renewed so we know the possible drop date but not for sure if anything will actually drop. Who’d have thought that 2 major manufacturers would just say screw it and take their toys and go home. I’ve was behind the counter when the roster started and it did have the effect you describe initially but after a while that tapered off and the real legacy from my view was to create a de facto black market supplied by LEO’s doing private party transfers (at least until a bunch of them got popped for it) and jacked up the used price for any off-roster pistol. With our one-gun-a-month law it’s even harder for folks to do that sort of pre-emptive panic purchasing. I know several customers that would come in every 31st day like clockwork to get their monthly pistol but they weren’t really going for what was dropping so much as going for what was available that they wouldn’t mind owning.

      1. avatar clickboom says:

        S/he was talking about the SSE rush.

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