Gun sales in California have skyrocketed during the second half of 2016 after California Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, signed into law earlier this year a sweeping new set of gun control laws that are set to take effect Jan. 1.
Brown signed into law six measures, including one that requires California citizens to allow the government to confiscate their "high capacity" magazines, a law that requires a background check for ammunition sales, in addition to a "bullet button law."
So-called bullet buttons are devices on semi-automatic rifles that allow a user to easily eject and insert a new magazine. You will still be able to own rifles that have a bullet button in California, but you'll no longer be able to purchase a firearm that has one, according to the Los Angeles Times.
However, citizens who own firearms with the "bullet button" will have one year to register the gun with the state of California as an "assault weapon."
Now, citizens who buy semi-automatic rifles will have to use a special tool to remove their magazines.
The new guns laws have led to a run on firearms in California. Since the new gun control measures were signed into law on July 1, Californians have bought more than 250,000 semi-automatic rifles. That's 40 percent more than were purchased in all of 2015, when only 153,000 were bought.
Handgun purchases have also increased roughly 40 percent compared to last year, according to the Times, as Californians have bought nearly 1 million small arms this year alone.
Joshua Deaser, the owner of Just Guns in Sacramento, told the Times, "When Gov. Brown signed that bill, the first 30 days in July were just insane. It died down for a while but now we are back with everyone trying to get what they can before the end of the year."
"We have people lined up out the door and around the block," Terry McGuire, owner of the Get Loaded gun store in San Bernardino, added.
And to others, the run on firearms is no surprise. In America, given our Second Amendment right to bear arms, people rush to buy guns any time the government tries to limit their rights.
"We expected this," Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California, told the Times. "Any time the government comes up with a ban on guns, the public rushes to buy them to make sure they have at least one."
Vince Torres, who owns a gun store in Riverside, told KCBS-TV that he had one customer who came it to buy AR-15s for her entire family, including her children.
According to KCBS, because California has a 10-day waiting period to purchase firearms, Wednesday is the final day for Californians to purchase semi-automatic rifles with an easy magazine release.
"A lot of people saying I want to buy one of those ARs,” Torres told KCBS. "I would say, 'Do you know what you’re buying?' And they would say, 'No, just want one of those AR’s.'"
It should be noted that laws that make it more difficult for legal citizens to legally obtain and own firearms have not proven effective in decreasing gun violence. In fact, cities with the toughest gun control laws in America also have the highest rates of gun violence.