About 110,000 Californians have bought a gun since the coronavirus arrived, study says

Freddy Torres of Buena Park shoots his gun at the Riverside Indoor Shooting Range
Freddy Torres of Buena Park shoots his gun at the Riverside Indoor Shooting Range in March, after the start of COVID-19 pandemic. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

In the first five months of the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of Californians bought new guns and changed the way they stored their firearms in a bid to counter the unrest, government crackdowns and societal disintegration they feared would be unleashed by the public health emergency, a new survey has found.

UC Davis researchers from the school’s Violence Prevention Research Program conducted the survey and detected shifts in gun ownership trends that they said are likely to drive an uptick in firearm-related injuries and deaths, including suicides and the consequences of accidental discharges.

Via LA Times

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