Most guns sold in CA?


January 8, 2003, 10:56 PM
I read somewhere that more guns are sold in CA than in any other state.

Is that true? Did I read right? Or am I misrembering?



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January 8, 2003, 11:00 PM
Where did you read that?

January 8, 2003, 11:14 PM
One of the interesting tidbits I took home from a seminar at last year's SHOT Show was that CA accounted for over 25% of the national firearm revenue total. This includes guns, ammo, etc.

January 9, 2003, 12:00 AM
From what I've seen in my area guns went out the door big time before Jan 1 2003. Hand gun displays are seriously picked over, I have seem some good estate sales lately. I hope mine wont be one soon!:(

January 9, 2003, 12:02 AM
The population here is very large. If only a small part of that population buys guns, you're still talking about a lot of guns.

January 9, 2003, 11:00 AM
Thanks all for your replies.

Maybe it was that 25% figure larryw mentioned.

Like I said, I don't recall where I saw my info. I just remember being surprised at a large figure (like 25%) in a state where gun ownership is being nibbled to death.

Other industries routinely fight legislation that tries to limit their market and profits. Why not the gun industry?

And I know this is old hat but the NRA's abandoning of CA is awful.


January 9, 2003, 12:13 PM
I can easily believe that CA represents the largest U.S. state market for guns and ammo. The state is the largest in the U.S. with respect to population, having over 30 million people, which is 10% or more of the U.S. total. Combine this with the higher average income in California than most states, and you probably have about 12% to 14% of the potential market for any consumer item. So you would expect guns, a somewhat expensive consumer item, to sell pretty well.

I kind of doubt that California is 25% of the U.S. gun market, however - that sounds too high to me.

John Galt
January 9, 2003, 12:42 PM
Also keep in mind that the real wacko voters mostly live in maybe 3 cities. Most of the state is rural. 1/2 the homes in my CITY neighborhood have guns. In the country, it is much closer to 100%.

If you look at the Republican/Socialist votes by county, almost all are conservative.

January 9, 2003, 01:50 PM
Like Destructo says, the population in CA is huge compared to the rest of the states. That's why car and motorcycle manufacturers make an effort to make models with California emissions which are different from the other "49 state" models. It's this fact that makes me wonder why more gun manufacturers don't bother to submit more handgun models for the CA drop tests. I should think it would be worth it for the amount of potential sales.

January 9, 2003, 07:23 PM
25% does sound high, but probably not by much. CA does go through throes of gun-buying frenzies every few years when a new restrictive law is about to be enacted, this might tweak the figures.

Before the bust & current recession, CA used to be touted as being the world's 11th richest country based on GDP. Lots & lots of discretionary income.

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