As Anxieties Rise, Californians Buy Hundreds of Thousands More Guns

Handgun sales in California have risen to unprecedented levels during the COVID-19 pandemic, and experts say first-time buyers are driving the trend.

Dr. Garen Wintemute, director of the UC Davis Violence Prevention Program, is among the experts concerned about the connection between gun sales and a rise in domestic violence incidents as families have been forced to shelter together amid pandemic-related quarantines and shutdowns.

“If a firearm is involved, risk that intimate partner violence will have a fatal outcome goes up by a factor of five,” Wintemute said.

Via California Healthline

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