Why Newsom Thinks Texas Offers a Roadmap for California Gun Control

Why Newsom Thinks Texas Offers a Roadmap for California Gun Control

Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks to union workers and volunteers on election day at the IBEW Local 6 union hall on Sept. 14, 2021 in San Francisco. Gov. Gavin Newsom often seems to itch for a fight with Texas, frequently saying California’s record on job creation, budget surpluses, environmental protection and crime outshine the Lone Star State’s. So it seems ironic that now Newsom wants to emulate the cynical legal approach Texas takes to restricting abortions and apply it to enhancing gun control in California. Texas essentially outsources enforcement of its strict anti-abortion law to private individuals who can file lawsuits. The U.S. Supreme Court recently allowed that law to stand, at least for now, while also blocking lawsuits against government officials, like the Texas attorney general who defends state laws in court. ‘To the extent this decision is 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.’Gov. Gavin Newsom Gov. Newsom didn’t mince words about the high court’s recent ruling. “I think it was a terrible decision by the United States Supreme Court,” he said last week. But Newsom, a staunch supporter of abortion rights, sees an opportunity for California. “To the extent this decision is 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,” he added. […]

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