Newsom’s legislation to hold gun industry accountable moves forward

SACRAMENTO — The California Senate Judiciary Committee has passed SB 1327, a private right of action law drafted by Sen. Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) and sponsored by Governor Gavin Newsom to limit the spread of weapons of assault and phantom weapons on Tuesday.

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last December allowing Texas’ ban on most abortion services to continue, Governor Newsom has asked his administration to work with the Legislature to propose a measure, modeled on the structure of Texas abortion law, to allow private citizens to hold the gun industry accountable through civil lawsuits for the proliferation of illegal firearms.

“This week’s unconscionable act of gun violence is a tragic reminder of the lives that are at stake in this crisis that is endangering communities across the country,” the governor said. “Today, the Legislature took an important step to hold the gun industry accountable for mass shootings in our communities involving illegal firearms and to protect residents, using the US Supreme Court ruling. United States that allowed private citizens of Texas to sue abortion providers.As long as the Supreme Court establishes this precedent, California will use it to save lives.

SB 1327 allows private citizens to bring civil actions against anyone who manufactures, distributes, transports, imports into the state, or sells assault weapons, .50 BMG rifles, ghost guns, or ghost gun kits .

“I am proud to work with Governor Newsom and his administration to hold accountable the gun manufacturers and others who flood our streets with dangerous and deadly weapons,” Senator Hertzberg said. “The alarm bells are ringing. We couldn’t have had a clearer call to action to stop gun violence than what happened Sunday at the gates of our state’s democracy. The legislature will act.

Senator Hertzberg’s bill is part of a larger legislative package supported by Governor Newsom to strengthen gun laws and protect Californians.

In February, the governor highlighted additional gun safety legislation, including AB 1594 by Assemblymen Philip Ting (D-San Francisco), Mike Gipson (D-Carson) and Christopher Ward (D -San Diego), which would allow individuals and the California Attorney General to sue manufacturers and sellers of firearms for damage caused by their products. Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan’s (D-Orinda) AB 2571 would restrict the marketing of firearms to minors. And Assemblyman Gipson’s AB 1621 seeks to further restrict the proliferation of phantom weapons.

Newsom’s proposed real public safety plan would create a new statewide gun buyback program to provide matching grants and safe disposal opportunities to get guns off our streets. . The plan also includes additional funding for the California Center for Gun Violence Research at the University of California, Davis.

California pioneered statewide gun safety protections, approved by voters in Proposition 63, to prohibit possession of high-capacity ammunition magazines and require background checks for keep ammunition out of the hands of dangerous people.

Since taking office, Governor Newsom has signed several bills aimed at reducing gun violence, including strengthening gun violence prohibition orders, regulating the sale of firearms and ammunition, and accelerating the regulation of phantom weapons.

The 2021 state budget invested $200 million in the CalVIP program, which supports initiatives designed to break the cycle of violence in disproportionately affected communities. The budget also provided $11 million to facilitate outreach, education and training efforts related to gun violence prohibition orders and $10.3 million to local law enforcement agencies to support the seizure of firearms from persons prohibited from possessing them.

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