Giffords: “Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom’s exceptional record as a gun safety champion makes him uniquely qualified to take on that challenge.”
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the architect of California’s new ammunition regulations, has garnered support from Giffords to become the state’s next governor.
The gun control group founded by former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly announced their endorsement of Newsom last week, saying the Democrat had “demonstrated time and time again” he was a champion for stronger firearm laws.
“California has set an example for other states to follow and has tackled the epidemic head on, but there is more work to be done,” said Giffords in a statement. “Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom’s exceptional record as a gun safety champion makes him uniquely qualified to take on that challenge.”
Newsom, the former mayor of San Francisco and political ally of U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, announced his candidacy for this year’s gubernatorial race back in 2015. Since then, he has tapped fellow Dems and a host of billionaire West Coast philanthropists to fund a $5 million ballot measure to entrench a host of new guns and limit ammunition sales in the state. That drive, Prop. 63, was opposed by a broad coalition of groups but was approved by voters and went into effect this month.
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