Gavin Newsom Backs Gun Control Initiative
Last week California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced his plans to back a ballot initiative aimed at reducing gun crime in the state. He made his announcement in San Francisco at the site of a 1993 shooting that left nine dead, including the shooter. The “Safety for All” initiative will require instant background checks for purchases of ammunition, strengthen background checks for gun purchases, prohibit possession of large detachable military-style magazines, and require the immediate surrender of firearms for people convicted of serious and violent crimes.
“With 150 school shootings since Newtown and many more mass shootings devastating communities across our state and nation, it is time to say enough is enough,” Newsom said in a press release. “The Safety for All initiative will save lives by making it much harder for dangerous people to get guns and ammunition in California.”
The initiative would require gun owners to turn in high capacity magazines, the sale of which is already prohibited. It would also require gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms. California would join 11 other states in requiring stolen guns to be reported.
The proposal has been criticized by gun rights groups, who say that such measures limit citizens ability to defend themselves.
“California illustrates the true gun control agenda, which is the ultimate confiscation and banning of firearms,” National Rifle Association spokeswoman Amy Hunter said in a statement. “If Gavin Newsom gets his way, the state will be the next Australia. 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.”
The initiative will be on the 2016 California ballot.
Newsom has already launched his bid to replace Gov. Jerry Brown as leader of the state in 2018. In 2014 Gov. Brown was reelected with 60 percent of the vote.