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California ballot measure seeks to tighten strict gun laws

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Glendale, UNITED STATES: Nerses Karapetyan, from Glendale, buys a gun at the Gun Gallery in Glendale, California, 18 April 2007. The massacre at Virginia Tech has ignited fresh talk in the Democratic-led US Congress about tightening US gun laws but it is doubtful enough lawmakers will tackle the politically charged issue. With so many citizens in love with their guns and defensive of their right under the Constitution to keep and bear arms, politicians are reluctant to take on gun owners or the powerful gun lobby. AFP PHOTO/GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The lieutenant governor of the state with some of the strictest gun laws in the nation announced a voter initiative Thursday aiming to create even greater restrictions, including making California the only state to require on-the-spot background checks for ammunition sales.

The measure drafted by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democratic candidate for governor in 2018, also would require owners to turn in large-capacity magazines and report when their weapons are stolen. It comes in the wake of high-profile killings nationwide and three in the San Francisco Bay Area that were tied to stolen guns.

The strict ammunition rule follows a similar New York law passed shortly after the 2012 shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., that was suspended several months ago. Four states — Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts and New Jersey — require ammunition purchasers to obtain permits ahead of time, according to the initiative’s supporters.

Newsom is partnering with the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence on the November 2016 ballot initiative, which also allows him to remain visible ahead of a gubernatorial run. Newsom, an early advocate of gay marriage, also is advocating to legalize recreational marijuana in California.

“Stuff doesn’t just have to happen,” Newsom said Thursday, responding to comments by Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush about a recent mass shooting on an Oregon college campus. “We have the ability to step in with some common sense. We have the ability to protect our families.”

National Rifle Association spokeswoman Amy Hunter said Newsom’s effort would chip away at Second Amendment rights.

“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,” Hunter said.

The initiative would ask voters to make five changes to state law:

— Ban possession of large-capacity magazines with 11 rounds or more. Owners would be required to sell them to a licensed firearms dealer, take them out of state or turn them in to law enforcement to be destroyed. State law already bans manufacturing or selling magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.

— Create background checks for ammunition purchases. Ammunition dealers would need to conduct a background check at the point of sale for all ammunition, and dealers would need a license similar to those required to sell firearms.

— Require reports on lost and stolen guns. California would join 11 other states in requiring that lost or stolen firearms be reported to law enforcement.

— Require felons to relinquish weapons. California courts would set up a clear process on surrendering guns. The measure’s authors say that more than 17,000 Californians prohibited from owning firearms currently have guns.

— Ensure reports to the federal firearms database. The California Department of Justice would have to notify the federal government on residents who are prohibited from owning guns. Now, the state reports voluntarily.

Gun control advocates welcomed California’s proposal, pointing to the lack of political will at the federal level. Newsom made his announcement in San Francisconear the site of a 1993 gun massacre that helped spur federal restrictions on assault weapons.

” Congress has failed to pass even the most basic laws to help keep guns out of dangerous hands and save lives,” said Kate Folmar, spokeswoman for Everytown for Gun Safety, a group founded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “The states have and will continue to take action to reduce gun violence despite the gridlock in Washington.”

Brandon Combs, president of the Firearms Policy Coalition, pledged to campaign against the proposal.

“If Gavin Newsom wants to declare war on law-abiding gun owners and Second Amendment rights, we’re certainly going to bring the fight to him,” he said.

Polls have shown California voters are generally more supportive of restricting access to guns than voters in other states.

  • Art Arlo

    I bet the punk Governor and Newsom have plenty of security with guns.

    • uchsamin

      Ya, he needs security because there are plenty who hate him.

  • Frank W Brown

    A Country Founded by Geniuses but Run by Idiots!

    If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but

    not for entering and remaining in the country illegally — you might

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    to take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion — you might

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    If the government wants to prevent stable, law-abiding citizens from

    owning gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds, but gives twenty

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    What a country!

    How about we give God a reason to continue blessing America?

    This was borrowed from another blog, author unknown, please spread it far and wide!

  • Now you know why i dislike democrats.

    • uchsamin

      Ya, he needs security because there are plenty who hate him.

  • uchsamin

    These damned idiots in government ALL have armed security but they want us to be vulnerable to the lawless that are now flooding the nation by their acts. To hell with them.

  • Dennis B Anderson

    Its time to put a bounty on that pervert Brown. Hes opened the gate wide at our southern borders.

  • SEABEETOM

    Hey newsom, How are you gong to collect the high capacity mags from the gang bangers?? Are you going to ask them “pretty please” or do you want too take away from chicago and new york as the MURDER CAPITALS of the United States. Why don’t you MORON’S in sacrademento get a clue on what the hell is going on with the people that put your STUPID butts in office. LISTEN UP newsom, I have been a democrat for over fifty years and the first and last time I voted for a democrap was for kennedy. When he pulled the air support for the Bay of Pigs invasion I vowed too never vote for a democrap again. Did not vote for Moonbeam or newsom and will not vote for them again. Get smart and quit politics, Buy a farm or something.

    • the American

      If he buys a farm he will actually have to work…
      these people don’t like doing actual physical labor.

  • the American

    commieforeignia continues to be the shame of the nation…. what a joke… a state full of retards.

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