A new survey reveals who owns guns in California—and how many got them without background checks

A new UC Davis survey finds California gun owners are older, whiter and more likely to be Republican than the state overall. Bay Area News Group file photo.

In a state that has some of the nation’s toughest gun control laws, one in four California gun owners own firearms that they somehow managed to buy without undergoing background checks, researchers at UC Davis’ Violence Prevention Research Program reported Sunday.

Kristen Panebianco