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SF Chronicle: Gun Sales Rise In California


(AP) - Gun sales in California have been on the rise despite the state's tough gun laws.

The San Francisco Chronicle says State Department of Justice records show the number of handguns sold in California more than doubled between 2010 and 2014, when the state recorded nearly 500,000 gun transactions.

The sales rose even with the state's gun restrictions. California has a waiting period and requires a background check for firearms purchases. The state prohibits the sale of guns to people convicted of assault or battery.

Experts say incidents such as the mass shooting in San Bernardino may be fueling the uptick in sales. They say fear of further gun restrictions may also be responsible.

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