After Texas shooting, California lawmakers promise to pass more gun safety laws

California has more gun laws and tougher restrictions than almost any other state, but Democratic leaders are seeking to further restrict access to guns in the wake of the horrific massacre at a Texas elementary school this week.

Governor Gavin Newsom and lawmakers pledged on Wednesday to fast track more than a dozen gun safety bills, including one that would limit phantom guns and another that would allow shooting victims to sue. firearms industry. Newsom said he hopes California’s efforts will be “some kind of antidote” to Americans’ anxiety and fear, and serve as a model for the rest of the country.

“We’re going to control the controllable — the things we have control over,” Newsom said at an event at the State Capitol. “California is leading this national conversation. When California moves, other states move in the same direction.

Already, California requires waiting periods for gun purchases and background checks for the purchase of guns and ammunition, and limits assault-type weapons.

Newsom said these strict rules had contributed to one of the the lowest gun death rates in the countrycontradicting a claim by Governor Greg Abbott of Texas earlier Wednesday that California’s gun laws are ineffective.

Yet California is by no means immune to gun violence. Less than two weeks ago, one person was killed and five were injured in a shooting at Irvine Taiwan Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods. In April, six people were killed in a shooting in downtown Sacramento.

Although Californians are about 25% less likely than residents of other states to die in a mass shooting, there is still such a shooting – defined as an incident that injures or kills at least four people – on average here every 8.3 days, according to a recent analysis by the Public Policy Institute of California.

“We’ve gotten to the point where we can’t live our lives without worrying that every time we go out we may never see our families again,” said Toni G. Atkins, Senate Leader of the United States. State of California, at Wednesday’s event. “It may seem like a point of no return, but it’s not.”

Lawmakers introduced no new legislation on Wednesday, but pledged to advance bills already being considered at the state Capitol. State senators on Tuesday approved bills that would require schools to immediately report any “perceived threat“mass violence to law enforcement, bar gun shows on State propertyand require resellers to install new guarantees discourage theft and illegal arms sales.

The Senate also introduced a bill that would allow individuals to sue those who make or sell ghost weapons, ghost weapon kits, and assault-type weapons. California’s proposal is modeled after a Texas law that allows private citizens to sue abortion providers.

The effort has not been without setbacks. James Gallagher, the Republican House Leader, from Yuba City, called on Democrats to “stop the political posturing.”

“Can you take a moment to grieve with these families and find out what really happened?” he posted on Twitter. “We passed gun laws and that hasn’t stopped Santa Barbara, or San Bernardino, or Rancho Tehama, or Thousand Oaks, or Sacramento’s recent shooting blocks from the Capitol.”

Newsom and legislative leaders said they plan to pass and sign as many bills as possible by the end of June.

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Today’s tip comes from Christine Luksza-Paravicini, who recommends Abbotts Lagoon Trail at Point Reyes National Seashore:

“One of the things I love most about California is the abundance of day trip options. Every time I drive from Petaluma to the Abbotts Lagoon Trail in Point Reyes National Seashore, I am struck by the awe-inspiring splendor of this part of the world, just the drive is enough to get your dose of stunning scenery, as you drive through wide valleys and cool forest.

The hike on the approximately 2 mile trail from the parking lot to the beach is especially nice in late spring with everything in bloom. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot some adorable river otters frolicking in the lagoon and swarms of elegant shorebirds wading through the shallow waters. Make your way down to the beach and you’ll be rewarded with stunning ocean views and crashing waves. After your return, stop at the bucolic resort of Point Reyes and have lunch at one of the best restaurants in town. Also be sure to delve into Vita Collage and Point Reyes Books to find a special treasure to commemorate your day. If you want dessert, head to Palace Market for incredibly creamy (and incredibly rich – share it!) buffalo milk ice cream. Time and again, this day trip makes for the perfect day in Northern California.”

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