The state of California fought back on Friday against two recent US supreme court decisions and signed a controversial gun control law patterned after a Texas anti-abortion law.
One month after conservative justices overturned women’s constitutional right to abortions and undermined gun control laws in states including California, a Democrat is taking action.
The law allowing people to file legal actions against anyone who distributes illegal assault weapons and parts that can be used to build weapons, without serial numbers, was one of two hot-button topics that was put together in a single bill by the governor. 50 caliber rifles. They would get a large amount of civil damages and attorneys fees for each weapon.
“While the supreme court rolls back reasonable gun safety measures, California continues adding new ways to protect the lives of our kids,” Newsom said in a statement released before he signed the bill. “California will use every tool at its disposal to save lives, especially in the face of an increasingly extreme supreme court.
The bill was patterned after a Texas law that allowed citizens to file lawsuits against those who provided or aided in providing an abortion. The US supreme court gave a preliminary nod to Texas law, but if it is eventually ruled invalid it will cause the California law to be invalidated.
The $30,000 worth of ads in three Texas newspapers called out the Abbotts for being hypocrites on gun safety. The governor’s comment is parroted in some ads but not in others where he says abortion is a problem.
“Governor Newsom should focus on all the jobs and businesses that are leaving California and coming to Texas,” Abbott spokeswoman Renae Eze responded.
It is a similar tactic to the television ad that the democrats ran in Florida to try to distract the attention of the Governor Ron DeSantis. Even after stoking speculation, Newsom denied his presidential ambitions multiple times.
Opponents of the California law included a combination of gun owners’ advocates and the American Civil Liberties Union which criticized the creation of what they thought amounted to a bounty system. The law was called an attack on the constitution by the organization for attempting to sidestep judicial review and for undermining due process rights.
“It’s a crappy decision, but the reality is that as long as it is the law let’s make benefit of it by virtue of saving lives, trying to save lives, in California,” said the bill’s author, Democratic state senator Robert Hertzberg, in an interview. “It’s all about these two big issues that are facing us. And you can’t have a double standard. You can’t have one standard for guns and another standard for women’s reproductive health. It’s not right.”
The gun control advocacy organizations Moms Demand Action and affiliated Students Demand Action supported the bill’s potential to combat untraceable “ghost guns”.
At a memorial to the victims of a shooting at Santa Monica College five years ago, a bill was going to be signed by the governor.
The new law “will make it easier for victims of ghost gun violence, like me, to help enforce our gun laws”, said Mia Tretta, who was shot in Santa Clarita during a 2019 attack at Saugus high school and is now a volunteer with Students Demand Action.
The opponents say that the bill is written to discourage legal challenges to the state’s gun regulations, by requiring those who lose the lawsuit to pay their attorneys’ fees.
It is intended that it is impossible to file a second amendment challenge to an unconstitutional gun control law. The California Rifle and Pistol Association president said that it was unconstitutional.
California had numerous gun measures added to its already strict regulations when Newsom signed eight other gun laws a day later.
In order to keep guns out of the hands of people who do not have a state- issued license or who are making guns with a 3D printer, they include measures requiring schools to periodically inform parents about the safe storage of firearms.
Gun sales on state property, increases of gun dealers, and limits of dealers fees are some of the things that are banned by others.
The governor signed a bill that makes it easier for anyone who was hurt by a gun to file a complaint against the manufacturers or dealers of the gun.
As he tries to get reelected to a final four-year term, he’s become increasingly combative.
“To members of the United States supreme court, to rightwing Republicans all across this country: do you have no common decency?” he asked in a video message after he signed two earlier gun bills into law, one also addressing ghost guns and the other barring marketing firearms to minors.
California is among states that are fighting back against the conservative wing of the supreme court.
California will have a referendum in November on whether or not to guarantee the right to an abortion in the state constitution.
California and New York are revising their gun laws in the wake of a US Supreme Court decision that Americans have the right to carry firearms in public for self-defense.
Kathy Hochul, the New York governor, called lawmakers back to a special session to vote on changes that take effect in September, including requiring gun owners to allow an examination of their social media accounts. California legislators are going to take action on concealed carry restrictions in August.