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Hand guns are displayed at a gun shop July 22, 2012.
The Department of Justice estimates that as many as 725,000 rifles, pistols and shotguns may be purchased by California residents this year, nearly doubling the amount purchased five years ago.
Statistics say that crime is down across the board but gun sales are still going up. Even in the severe economic downturn that began in 2008, gun sales have steadily increased.
Events like the theater shooting last week in Aurora, Colorado generally produce short-term spikes in gun purchases, but what could account for the increase over a longer timeline?
Have you purchased a gun in the last several years? If so, why?
Henry K. Lee, journalist with the San Francisco Chronicle
Jeff Bregman, owner of American Gun Works in Glendale, CA