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Locked Down and Loaded: The 2020 Gun Surge and Violence Prevention

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Locked Down and Loaded: The 2020 Gun Surge and Violence Prevention

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This program was produced by Monica Lopez as part of a project of the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism Data Fellowship 

om Nguyen, founder of L.A. Progressive Shooters, at the Route 66 Shooting Park in San Bernardino, CA. March 27, 2021.
om Nguyen, founder of L.A. Progressive Shooters, at the Route 66 Shooting Park in San Bernardino, CA. March 27, 2021.
Monica Lopez
Making Contact
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

2020 and the first few months of 2021 are shaping up to be some of the biggest periods ever for U.S.  firearms sales. In California, however, gun sales last year decreased slightly.

For the past six months, reporter Monica Lopez has been digging into the data to understand more about gun buying and gun buyers in California. Below are charts highlighting some of her findings.

In this episode we hear what she learned from members of the gun and mental health communities. They discuss what they are doing to help prevent gun violence in the wake of surging national gun sales.

CA Gun Homicides & Suicides, 2015-2020, Estimated

This chart shows an annual estimate of gun homicides & suicides in California. The figures in this chart are lower than the actual number of firearm deaths reported by county coroners and medical examiners each year.

Estimated Firearms Sold in 2020, U.S.

National gun sales were estimated from the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System data using a method published by the New York Times and Buzzfeed.

Estimated Firearms Sold in 2020, California

California gun sales were estimated from the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System data using a method published by the New York Times and Buzzfeed.