Newsom proposes individuals sue others over banned guns, like the Texas abortion law

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: California’s governor thinks he’s found a way to crack down on illegal guns in a way that will avoid being struck down by federal courts. As his model, he’s using a Texas law, empowering ordinary people to sue anyone who helps women get an abortion. From member station KQED in San Francisco, Scott Shafer reports. SCOTT SHAFER, BYLINE: Texas essentially outsources enforcement of its strict anti-abortion law to private individuals who can file lawsuits. The Supreme Court allowed that law to stand for now, while also blocking lawsuits against government officials like the Texas attorney general, who defends state laws in court. Governor Gavin Newsom didn’t mince words about the High Court’s recent ruling. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) GAVIN NEWSOM: I think it was a terrible decision by the United States Supreme Court. SHAFER: Newsom, a staunch supporter of abortion rights, saw an opportunity for California. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) NEWSOM: And the extent this decision’s used to put women’s lives at risk, we’re going to use this decision to save people’s lives by addressing the issue of gun violence here in the state of California. NEWSOM: Newsom is proposing a new law to allow private individuals to sue people who make, sell or distribute weapons banned in the state, including assault weapons and so-called ghost guns. JESSICA LEVINSON: So he’s basically saying, OK, I’ll see your opinion in the Texas abortion case, and I’ll raise you a new gun control law. SHAFER: That’s Jessica Levinson, […]

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