Initiative seeks to tighten California’s strict gun laws

16 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

California Looks to Take Another Big Swipe at Second Amendment With New Gun Control Proposal.

SAN FRANCISCO—California Lt. SAN FRANCISCO (CBS13/AP) – California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom is proposing a 2016 ballot initiative that would ask voters to strengthen the state’s gun laws. The initiative calls for a background check on all ammunition purchases, requiring owners to turn in large capacity assault-style magazines and making gun owners report lost or stolen guns. It would also ban the possession of magazines with more than 10 rounds and requiring anyone who has them now to get rid of them, possibly selling them out of state. “What a mess that will be,” lifelong member of the NRA Peter Buxton said, adding “the only thing that will stop a bad guy with a gun is good with a gun.” “You can intimidate the politicians, we’ve seen that,” Newsom said. “But you can’t intimidate the public, which is why we’re bringing this directly to the public.” Gavin Newsom, a Democratic candidate for governor in 2018, said on Thursday that he planned to lead a ballot measure campaign next year to further tighten the state’s gun-control laws.

If adopted, the proposal Newsom planned to release Thursday would make California the first state in the nation to require background checks at the point of sale for ammunition, although other states require purchasers to obtain licenses and go through background checks ahead of time. Among the three Democrats, only Newsom has officially launched a gubernatorial campaign, although Villaraigosa – who has been out of public office for two years – has indicated he may consider a run. It comes in the wake of high-profile killings nationwide and three recent San Francisco Bay Area killings in which the shooters allegedly used stolen guns to commit the crimes.

The National Rifle Association said the group opposed the proposed measure and saw it as a prime example of gun-control activists’ attack on the right to bear arms in America. “His ballot initiative proposal does nothing but prohibit access to the most effective methods for self-defense, with no measurable positive effect on stopping crime or improving public safety,” said NRA spokeswoman Amy Hunter. “They can’t repeal the Second Amendment, so they’re trying to chip away our rights until there is nothing left.” The announcement came two weeks after a mass shooting in Oregon in which a gunman killed nine people and wounded nine others before committing suicide, sparking fresh debate on the issue of gun violence in the U.S. Villaraigosa’s strongest support came from Latino voters and Newsom, the former mayor of San Francisco known for championing the right of same-sex couples to marry, received his strongest support in Northern California. San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer, who has spent millions backing Democrats who support efforts to combat climate change, received support from 29% of those polled, the same as Democratic state Treasurer John Chiang. San Diego Mayor Kevin Falconer and Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, who lost her bid to be state controller last year to Democrat Betty Yee, were the only Republicans on the list. – Firearms database: The California Department of Justice would have to notify the federal instant criminal background check system when someone is added to the database of those prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm.

In addition to leading the gun-rights measure, which he said he drafted with the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a nonprofit legal firm in San Francisco, he is also supporting a campaign to legalize marijuana in California. A poll last month by the Public Policy Institute of California found that two-thirds of adults believe California’s gun control laws should be stricter than they are now.

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