Lt. Gov. Newsom’s gun control initiative qualifies for November California ballot

by Patrick McGreevy | Los Angeles Times  |  published on June 26, 2016

Just days before the Legislature is scheduled to act on a package of gun control measures, California election officials announced Thursday that an initiative by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to restrict firearms has enough signatures to qualify for the November state ballot.

The Secretary of State’s Office said a verification process using random samples estimated that at least 402,468 of the 600,000 signatures turned in were valid and from registered voters, so the initiative has officially qualified to be on the ballot.

“Enough massacres, death, tears, and hate — it’s time to take action and save lives,” Newsom said in a statement Thursday. “The Safety for All initiative gives California voters the opportunity to keep guns and ammo out of the hands of violent, dangerous, hateful people. America has too many guns and too much hate. The result is the massacre in Orlando, and dozens of other gun deaths every single day.”

Opponents including Chuck Michel, co-chair for the Coalition for Civil Liberties, plan to campaign against the initiative.

“Californians believe in more civil liberties, not fewer freedoms,” Michel said. “Gavin Newsom’s political maneuver will be defeated because it does nothing to stop the next ISIS-inspired attack. We need politicians who aren’t manipulators but who thoughtfully look for ways to truly make us safer.”

  • original ancestry

    Fire Newsom, Brown, and Frankenstien. Charge them with treason against the Citizens of America. For crimes against the Constitution. Hanging offense you PAB.. Politicians are the threat not guns. More people have been killed by politics than any law abiding American. These words of treason should be waking you people up in California..

  • Frankdidit

    I see we have another lib turd making stupid statements. Of course we are talking about people who reside in the biggest insane asylum on the planet. Or, if you prefer, the land of fruits and nutz. Perhaps the moron should look at the city of Chicago who has the strictest gun laws in the country. I see it works well there. NOT.

  • snowyriver

    What happened to the phrase in our Constitution, that no State shall make or enforce any law that conflicts with our Constitution?? Isn’t ALL of our Constitution important??

  • Shavis Irons

    On behalf of the entire democrat party, I would like to thank both Rodney and Kent for replacing sister Maxine at the top of the ‘stupid list’!
    Debbie Wasserman-Shultz

  • used_to_be_a_liberal

    Guns are not the problem. We must ban Rice Krispies, as the snap, crackle, and pop causes people to want to blow things up, and shoot people. Even the Islamic problem could be solved if Muslims were not allowed to eat Rice Krispies.

  • Rodney Steward

    I’ll be SO GLAD when this state falls off into the Ocean, and please let there be NO survivors!! I believe the MOST STUPID in the WORLD live in CAL.!

  • Kent2012

    any twosome newsome’s idea of “violent, hateful, dangerous people” will be the names that the commies and the crapafornia cowards find on the membership roles of the GOP, NRA, and lists of combat veterans….those aholes will never come anywhere near searching for the source of the maniacal actions of a very few….at least not while crapafornia produces politicians of the caliber and mental incompetence of the likes of nance pe$lusti, booby boxer, diany feinheinysteiny, and that real source of wisdom, maximum headwaters… is truly amazing how many cowards live in the land of the brave….

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