| Newsom signs gun safety bills

By Kevin Winter

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (CN) — Taking jabs at Texas and the U.S. Supreme Court in hopes of protecting Californians as well, Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday signed several gun safety bills into law. .

The authors of SB 1327, State Senators Robert Hertzberg of Ventura and Anthony Portintino of San Fernando, modeled their bill on SB 8, a new Texas law that allows individuals to sue anyone who provides or assists in the obtaining abortion services up to $10,000. .

Newsom believes the connection will help SB 1327 survive any legal challenges all the way to the nation’s highest court.

SB 1327 focuses on firearms that are already illegal in California and allows individuals to sue gun dealers or manufacturers who have sold, transferred, or manufactured an illegal weapon used to commit a crime.

“Our message to criminals spreading illegal weapons in California is simple: You have no safe haven here in the Golden State,” Newsom said at a bill signing event. “As the Supreme Court strikes down reasonable gun safety measures, California continues to add new ways to protect the lives of our children. California will use every tool at its disposal to save lives, especially in the face of an increasingly extreme Supreme Court.

Newsom said the Supreme Court opened the door by allowing SB 8 to run, and California would take the opportunity to protect its citizens. The High Court delegated more authority to the states, and Newsom said he could not in principle overturn SB 1327 if he allowed SB 8 to stand.

Hertzberg said the newly signed law will help make California schools, streets and communities safer and help reduce gun violence. Newsom said other gun laws passed over the decades have helped reduce gun violence in the state.

“With these new laws, California protects life, security, and liberty. We have the strongest gun safety laws in the country and one of the lowest gun death rates. It is not a coincidence. More guns don’t make us safer — laws like these do,” said California Attorney General Rob Bonta.

Law professors across California think there’s an excellent chance that SB 1327 could withstand a legal challenge. They said the law itself does not take away any constitutional rights, as SB 8 did before Roe vs. Wade was overturned last month.

According to Newsom, SB 1327 will enable 40 million Californians to enforce the law against those who supply illegal weapons. But the ACLU of Northern California has concerns: In an open letter when introducing SB 1327, the organization said shifting the power to enforce government laws to individuals could harm a process regular.

“I’m sick of being defensive,” Newsom said. “Look at the rollback of civil rights over the past two years by red states. Now is the time to be on the attack.

Other gun safety bills Newsom signed Friday include SB 906, which would require school districts to report any threat or perceived threat of a homicidal act to law enforcement. SB 915 prohibits gun shows at county fairgrounds and other state property.

Neither the National Rifle Association, the California Rifle and Pistol Association, nor the Firearms Policy Coalition responded to requests for comment before press time on whether they would challenge the gun laws in court.

The laws will come into effect on July 1, 2023.

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