Last Thursday California’s lt. governor, Gavin Newsom, announced that his ballot measure offered last fall — which includes background checks to buy ammunition, along with a host of other restrictions on gun owners — has already gathered 600,000 signatures, more than enough to put it on the ballot in November. Said Newsom, who is running for governor in 2018, “What makes guns dangerous is ammunition. Yet we don’t do background checks on ammo.”
In October, when Newsom introduced his measure, he challenged the NRA to fight him: “I’ll say this to the NRA … that you can intimidate politicians. We’ve seen them [do that]. But you can’t intimidate the public. That’s why we’re bringing this directly to the public.”
Members of the public are taking up that challenge. Brandon Combs, president of California’s Firearms Policy Coalition, said: “If Gavin Newsom wants to declare war on law-abiding gun owners and Second Amendment rights, we’re certainly going to bring the fight to him.” Amy Hunter, a spokeswoman for the NRA, added, “California illustrates the true gun-control agenda, which is the ultimate confiscation and banning of [private ownership of] firearms. If Gavin Newsom gets his way, [California] will be the next Australia.” She added.
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