Gavin Newsom Could Soon Make California's Gun Laws Even Worse

You’d think at this point California would have run out of gun control laws to put on the books, but as it turns out legislators have sent quite a few proposals to Governor Gavin Newsom this year, and time is running out for the governor to veto any of the proposals. NRA-ILA notes that there are currently nine different bills sitting on the governor’s desk, and unless Newsom issues a formal veto, the bills will become law in just a matter of days.


The bills range from an expansion of the state’s “one handgun per month” rationing scheme to extending the time period that a “gun violence restraining order” is in effect from one year to five years. There’s also a bill that expands the list of who can request such a restraining order.

The new list is expanded to employers, coworkers and employees of a secondary or postsecondary school that the person has attended in the last 6 months.  GVRO’s can remove a person’s Second Amendment rights, not based on criminal convictions or mental health adjudications, but based on third party allegations, often without due process until weeks after a person’s rights have been suspended.​

Another bill would require background checks for anybody purchasing gun parts, which would make it impossible to order parts online unless they were shipped to a “licensed precursor parts dealer.”

It would further create a registry of these parts and a new crime for transfer of precursor parts without the involvement of a licensed precursor parts dealer to anyone under 21 years of age or prohibited from owning firearms. Precursor parts include items such as unfinished frames and receivers.


Another bill would bar gun shows from taking place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego, which is part of a broader effort to end gun shows across the state. Already the Cow Palace outside of San Francisco has banned gun shows starting in 2020.  Local politicians like San Mateo County Supervisor David J. Canepa say there’s no reason for state-owned facilities to host the events.

“This is a battle that’s been brewing for over two decades. The communities surrounding the Cow Palace earned a big victory today as its board voted to cease gun shows at the venue,” he told KGO. “The state should not profit off the sales of guns and now it no longer will at the Cow Palace.”

If the “state should not profit off the sales of guns”, maybe the state should get rid of the taxes and fees it imposes on gun owners. You think anti-gun politicians like Canepa would be on board with that?

It’s entirely possible that this time next week, we’ll be talking about nine new gun control laws in California, and the lawsuits that are sure to follow. I think it’s doubtful that Newsom will veto the majority of the bills, and even the ban on gun shows at the Del Mar Fairgrounds appears likely to become law, despite the fact that Newsom’s predecessor Jerry Brown vetoed a similar measure dealing with gun shows at the Cow Palace just last year. As the architect of California’s 2016 “Gunmageddon” ballot referendum (officially called Proposition 63), Newsom has demonstrated a clear hostility towards the 2nd Amendment rights of Californians, and he’s got the chance to further curtail the rights of residents by refusing to veto these legislative attacks on the right to keep and bear arms.


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