California Senate Advances Newsom-Sponsored Gun Bill Modeled After Texas’ Abortion Law

Governor Gavin Newsom speaks at a press conference to unveil the next phase of California’s pandemic response in the UPS Healthcare warehouse filled with personal protective equipment in Fontana Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) The California Senate advanced a package of gun control bills in the hours after a mass shooting in the Texas city of Uvalde on Tuesday, as the Golden State’s governor criticized Republicans who he said “won’t do a damn thing about it.” “This is preventable,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Tuesday. “Our inaction is a choice.” Among the bills is one proposed by Newsom that takes a cue from Texas’ abortion law, replicating its unusual mechanism, which deputizes private citizens as its enforcers. Gun manufacturers have largely been shielded from lawsuits associated with their product under federal law. The California rule would allow private citizens to sue anyone who manufactures, distributes or sells so-called “assault weapons” or ghost guns or parts in the state. And, just as importantly, it would provide incentive to do so, with an end goal of removing such weapons from circulation. “Creating more ways to get illegal guns off our streets and out of the hands of criminals is the smart thing to do,” Democratic state Sen. Anthony Portantino, one of the authors of the bill, said. “It is the time to be creative.” But the bill, proposed as a direct response to a Supreme Court ruling in December that allowed the Texas […]

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