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Table 1 Demographic characteristics of all California handgun purchasers and state residents in 2001a

From: Criminal charge history, handgun purchasing, and demographic characteristics of legal handgun purchasers in California

  Handgun purchasersb Handgun purchasers
<  50 years oldc
State population, 21 + d
Total population 110,729 79,927 22,716,353
Median Age (IQR) 40 (30–51) 34 (27–42) 43 (32–56)
Male (%) 91.56 91.03 48.61
Race/ethnicity (%)
 White 73.37 68.85 51.20
 Black 4.90 5.40 5.77
 Hispanic 12.68 15.35 27.42
 Asian 6.96 8.03 11.85
 Native American 0.58 0.60 0.55
 Other 1.51 1.77 3.21
Non-metropolitan county (%) 5.20 4.34 2.48e
  1. aLimited to people aged 21 and older on or after the 10-day waiting period
  2. b56 missing race/ethnicity; 1 missing county assignment
  3. c29 missing race/ethnicity; 1 missing county assignment
  4. dState population is based on data from the American Community Survey for California in 2001, weighted to be representative
  5. eBased on data from the 2000 decennial census