Newsom and Legislative Leaders to Accelerate Gun Reform Legislation

SACRAMENTO — Following a mass shooting at a Texas elementary school that killed at least 19 children and two adults on Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom, pro Tempore Senate Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D- San Diego) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) announced that California will expedite common sense gun safety laws that will protect people from gun violence.

Newsom was KVML’s “Newsmaker of the Day” on Thursday.

“California will not sit idly by as children across the country are slaughtered,” Governor Newsom said. “Guns are now the leading cause of death among children in America. As the US Senate sits idly by and militant federal judges strike down common sense gun laws across our country, the California will act with the urgency this crisis demands. The Second Amendment is not a suicide pact. We will not let another day go by without taking action to save lives.

“We’ve come to a point where we can’t live our lives without the very real fear that every time we say goodbye to our children, spouses and friends, it might be our last,” the pro Senate speaker said. Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego). “These appalling and devastating tragedies must end. Every politician, judge or Supreme Court Justice who has chosen to put more guns on our streets must resign today and bow their heads in deep shame. We must do everything in our power to get guns out of our classrooms and grocery stores and away from the people who should never have them. This includes our work this week to rapidly advance more than a dozen bills that make our communities safer, and I will continue to work alongside President Rendon and Governor Newsom to ensure these bills move forward. quickly through the legislative process so they can begin to make positive changes in our communities.

“In the face of repeated tragedies in our state and elsewhere, California remains committed to doing everything in its power to stem the violence,” Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said. “As a society, we need to do better.”

“There were more mass shootings in the United States in 2022 than days in the year,” California Attorney General Rob Bonta said. “In California, we refuse to accept the current standard. We will continue to call on our federal leaders and neighboring states to do more, as our nation’s current standard for gun violence prevention is unacceptable. Our children should not bear this burden. Active shooting drills, metal detectors and prison-like schools are not the answer – we need common sense gun safety laws. We are tired of seeing young and promising lives cut short because of gun violence. We at the California Department of Justice and leaders across California know that addressing gun violence is critical to public safety. As your Attorney General, I swear to do more than send thoughts and prayers – I will use the full force of the law and my office to end gun violence.

A first package of bills that the Governor has committed to signing include:

AB 2571 (Bauer-Kahan) – Restricts gun advertising to minors
AB 1621 (Gipson) – Restricts ghost guns and the parts and kits used to build them
SB 1327 (Hertzberg) – Creates a private right of action to limit the spread of illegal assault weapons and ghost weapons
AB 1594 (Ting) – Allows governments and victims of gun violence to sue manufacturers and sellers of firearms

Governor Newsom and legislative leaders will continue to work together to expedite additional bills pending before the Legislature aimed at reducing gun violence and increasing safety in California communities.

The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard every weekday morning at 6:45 a.m., 7:45 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. on AM 1450 and FM 102.7 KVML.

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