Handgun sales in California broke a 21-year-old record in 2014, and at the same time, firearm-related murders fell to their lowest rateÂ in over 20 years.
Moreover, accidental gun deaths decreased as well.
According toÂ The Sacramento Bee, aÂ record-breaking 510,000 handguns were sold in the state of California in 2014, easily breaking the previous record of 433,000 handguns sold in 1993. The rise in handgun sales reflects a national surge that was the result of â€œcalls for more gun control in response to several mass shootings.â€
The correlation between more guns and less crime was also seen nationally.
According to the FBI,Â violent crimes and property crimes fell in the first half of 2014 following a recording setting 21,093,273 background checks for firearm purchases in 2013.
On December 4, 2013,Â Breitbart News reportedÂ on a Congressional Research Service (CRS) study showing that an increasing rate of private gun ownership nationally, over a 15-year period, correlated with a sharply declining â€œfirearm-related murder and non-negligent homicideâ€ rate.
During the CRS study period, Americans went from owning 192 million guns in 1994 to owning 310 million guns in 2009. At the same time, the â€œfirearm-related murder and non-negligent homicideâ€ rate fell from 6.6 per 100,000 Americans in 1993 to 3.6 per 100,000 in 2000 and finally to 3.2 in 2011.