Dealers sold more than 510,000 handguns in California during 2014, more than double the number sold four years prior, according to new figures from the state Department of Justice.
Handgun sales in 2014 set a new California record, far outpacing the prior high of 433,000 handguns sold in 1993, near the time violent crime peaked in the state.
Long gun sales slipped by 120,000 from 2013 to 2014. The 418,000 long guns sales in 2014 represent the third highest number on record, trailing behind 2012 and 2013.
Gun sales have increased dramatically nationwide and in California during the last few years following calls for more gun control in response to several mass shootings.
The rate of California homicides involving firearms continues to fall and is now at its lowest level in more than 20 years, state health figures show. The number of accidental deaths involving guns have also fallen.
The rate of California suicides involving firearms has risen slightly in the last decade and is now higher than the firearm murder rate.