Via LA Times:
A Wild West gunfight is bloodying the state Capitol — a sort of fast-draw face-off between leading Democrats.
They’ve all agreed that California needs even stricter gun controls. Too many current restrictions have been shot full of loopholes.
What they’re fighting over is who should enact the new laws: The Legislature and governor? Or the voters through a ballot initiative?
This isn’t merely an academic exercise, of course. Shock: Politics is at play. So is pride.
On one side is state Senate leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles). For years, he has advocated tougher gun controls, particularly licensing of ammunition buyers. But he has been shot down by the gun lobby and courts.
On the other side is Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who’s running to replace termed-out Gov. Jerry Brown in 2018. Newsom is trying to show the voters bold leadership by challenging the gun lobby with a potent ballot measure.
Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) hasn’t taken sides. He’s strongly for more gun control. Three of his cousins have been shot and killed, he says. Five family members in all have been gun victims.
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