California ballot measure seeks to tighten strict gun laws
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, an early advocate of gay marriage, is calling for some of the strictest gun laws in the nation.
By JUDY LIN | Associated Press
In this Oct. 3, 2013, file photo, a custom-made semi-automatic hunting rifle with a high-capacity detachable magazine is displayed at TDS Guns in Rocklin, Calif. Calif. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and a gun control advocacy group are proposing a 2016 ballot initiative to strengthen the state's gun control laws by restricting ammunition sales, barring possession of large-capacity assault-style magazines and requiring gun owners to report lost or stolen guns to law enforcement. Photo: AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File
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.
“The truth is that I’m gay, and that I have a wife and two kids who I love,” GOP operative John Weaver admitted after being accused of harassment. “My inability to reconcile those two truths has led to this agonizing place.”