Initiative Seeks to Tighten California’s Strict Gun Laws

16 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

AM Alert: Newsom to push for gun-control ballot measure.

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.” 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’s a nearly existential question question in this era of big-money politics, and a rather pressing one during the 2016 presidential race, where the campaigns of some candidates and allied Super PACs are virtually indistinguishable. In the poll, registered voters were asked whether they were inclined to support one of eight prominent Californians for governor in 2018: 42% said they were inclined to support Villaraigosa; 41% supported Newsom; and 36% supported Garcetti, according to the Field Poll. 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.

California hasn’t quite reached that level of activity, but outside spending groups are playing an increasingly important role in state politics, too: Independent expenditures by major businesses, labor unions and wealthy individuals totaled tens of millions of dollars in the last election cycle. 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. So the Fair Political Practices Commission, California’s political ethics watchdog, is considering new rules meant to “require the highest degree of separation that is constitutionally permissible between the outside spender and the candidate.” The changes, which may be adopted during a 10 a.m. meeting at the commission headquarters on J Street, would add presumptions of coordination if an outside group has the same political consultant as a candidate, if a candidate participates in fundraising for an outside group, and if an outside group uses footage posted online by a candidate, among other rules. 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.

If a new Field Poll on the 2018 gubernatorial race is any indication, it could come down to a north-south battle of the titans between former big-city mayors Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles and Lt. – 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. 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. CHARGING AHEAD: He may not have gotten the 50 percent reduction in petroleum use he wanted this legislative session, but Brown is pursuing other avenues to cut down on the amount of gasoline California drivers consume.

The final version of the major climate change bill he signed last week included a provision to create thousands of new charging stations for electric vehicles throughout the state, which follows an interstate initiative announced this summer to accelerate adoption of zero-emissions vehicles into public and private fleets up and down the West Coast. It’s an important enough public health issue that California passed a law two years ago requiring hospitals to adopt policies encouraging breastfeeding. Schwarz, a professor of medicine at UC Davis, to discuss implementation of the law and its potential impact on infant health and survival, noon in Room 4202 of the Capitol.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Assemblyman Bill Brough, R-Dana Point, who turns 49 today, and to former Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, who is 56.

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