Newsom to announce gun control efforts

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom loves gun control. He’s a big fan of it, even if recent evidence shows just how little has been accomplished by such heavy restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms.


The truth is, he’s unlikely to ever admit to that and has gone so far as to claim the Second Amendment was turning into a “suicide pact.”

Yeah, he’s also a big fan of hyperbole, apparently.

Regardless of any of that, he won’t acknowledge gun control’s failures and later today, he will announce still more gun control measures that he plans to push.

Gov. Gavin Newsom, state Attorney General Rob Bonta, and state Sen. Anthony Portantino on Wednesday are slated to announce new gun control measures that state leaders will pursue following multiple mass shootings across California.

A press release from Newsom’s office on Tuesday afternoon said the three would be joined by gun safety advocates to announce “new efforts to advance critical gun safety legislation.”

California lawmakers have already filed several firearm-related pieces of legislation this year, according to the state’s bill filing database. The state already has more than 100 gun laws on the books.

No one is quite sure what the announcement will entail, though I doubt any of it will be good news for California gun owners.


There’s some speculation that the announcement won’t actually be a push for a new bill, but potentially a statement of commitment to pass one or more of the current anti-gun legislation in the state.

These include:

AB 97: Makes possession of an unserialized firearm a felony.

SB 2: Sets new limits for concealed carry permit holders

AB 303: Requires the state attorney general to create an online database for the state’s Armed and Prohibited Persons System.

AB 328: Would reinstate harsher penalties for those who use a gun in the process of committing a violent crime.

AB 28: Creates a new tax on firearms and ammunition to fund gun violence protections.

Of course, all of these have significant issues, but would probably be preferable to yet another anti-gun push by Newsom and his buddies in the legislature.

Even better would be Newsom acknowledging gun control’s failures and his stating his desire to roll back existing regulations. Then again, I’ve got a better shot at a romantic interlude with Scarlett Johansson, so this is definitely one of those “don’t hold my breath” moments.


I seriously doubt any of us will be surprised by Newsom’s announcement later today. It’ll be some kind of anti-gun push. The only surprise I can foresee is in the scope of the anti-gun intrusion by the governor.

If that’s what he has in mind, however, he’s in trouble. The further he tries to take it, the more unconstitutional he’ll be required to take things, which means judicial challenges that his measures simply won’t survive.

Then again, this is Gavin Newsom we’re talking about here. It’s not like he values the Constitution in any way, shape, or form, regardless of his oath of office.

Buckle up, folks. It’s going to get interesting in California.

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