Gun sales spike as people try to purchase firearms before the end of the year

Posted at 6:50 PM, Sep 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-06 21:50:49-04

Local gun sales have spiked over the last few months after Governor Jerry Brown signed a package of gun bills into law. 

Chris Harlan, the assistant manager at Second Amendment Sports in northwest Bakersfield, said since July 1, 2016 when the bill was signed a variety of guns have flown off the shelves.

"They're trying to get them before they can't have them anymore," said Harlan.

He said they've easily sold a few hundred guns with "bullet buttons" on them.

One of the new laws, which goes into effect January 1, is a ban against selling guns with bullet buttons.

A bullet button is a button on the side of an assault weapon that releases the magazine so that it can be reloaded. In the state of California, all magazines on assault weapons have to be released by disassembling the gun or by using a tool. 

By using the bullet to push the button, the guns were accepted because it was utilizing a tool to release the magazine, but starting January 1, they will be illegal. 

"Criminals aren't going to follow laws, no matter what laws we put into effect so all it's doing is making it harder for people like me," said Harlan.

It is harder for Harlan, because right now Second Amendment Sports is stocked with bullet button guns. 

"We'll have to adjust, but the big thing is trying to figure out how we'll be able to sell these in California -- if we can," said Harlan. 

Harlan said, thankfully, they also have a store in Arizona, so if they have to, they'll ship their stock there to be sold. 

If you own a gun with a bullet button, you don't have to get rid of it, but you will have to reregister it at before 2018. 

Petitioners of Senate Bill 880 and Assembly Bill 1135 which are the bills that were signed into law are currently being petitioned throughout the state in hopes of a repeal on the new laws.  

Second Amendment Sports has petitions available to sign at their shop.  

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