With just a few days left in 2016, gun sales are skyrocketing in California as people scramble to buy firearms ahead of new legislation coming in the new year. More than double the amount of semi-automatic rifles has been sold this month compared to the same month last year. Recent state data reports that over all, nearly one million guns were purchased in the state of California this year alone.
California already has strict gun laws in place, but lawmakers have passed a package of bills to strengthen California’s already tough gun laws that are set to be implemented in the new year. One of the measures includes surrendering all magazines that hold more than 10 rounds starting January 1. Under the new laws, buyers must undergo a background check before purchasing ammunition and will also be barred from buying new weapons that have a device known as a “bullet button.”
A federal appeals court in San Francisco agreed Tuesday to have an 11-judge panel review a challenge to an Alameda County ordinance that restricts the locations of gun stores. Three local businessmen filed the challenge back in 2012 when they wanted to open a gun and firearms training store in an unincorporated part of San Leandro and were denied because it was within 500 feet of a residential area.