Democrats are discouraged by the number of guns in the country and increasingly looking at ammunition and magazines as a way to control guns.
California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is running for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 2018, released a statewide ballot campaign Thursday to require background checks for ammunition purchases.
His reasoning is why have background checks for guns and not ammo? He has vowed to lead the nation and be the first state to require background checks for ammunition purchases.
The proposed 2016 initiative would require instant background checks at the point of sale and ban the possession of ammunition magazines over 10 rounds. They already ban the sale and manufacture of magazines of over 10 rounds.
New York tried to do the same thing but their state database was inadequate to the task and the requirement was suspended.
“I’ll say this to the NRA with all due respect that you can intimidate politicians — we’ve seen them. But you can’t intimidate the public. That’s why we’re bringing this directly to the public,” Governor Newsom said.
Since the state is a one-party state, he will get it passed.
“If Gavin Newsom wants to declare war on law-abiding gun owners and Second Amendment rights, we’re certainly going to bring the fight to him,” Firearms Policy Coalition President Brandon Combs said in a statement.
The Newsom measure also would require owners to report lost or stolen guns to law enforcement, and would set up a process to confiscate firearms from illegal owners such as felons.
The true agenda is to ban and confiscate guns.
The NRS responded to Newsom’s new gun measures in a statement:
California illustrates the true gun control agenda, which is the ultimate confiscation and banning of firearms. If Gavin Newsom gets his way, the state will be the next Australia. His ballot initiative proposal does nothing but prohibit access to the most effective methods for self-defense, with no measurable positive effect on stopping crime or improving public safety. They can’t repeal the Second Amendment, so they’re trying to chip away our rights until there is nothing left.
Newsom also has a task force set up to consider tighter measures.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order on Thursday prohibiting the open carry of firearms in state government buildings and is also creating a “Joint Task Force to Prosecute Gun Crimes.”
Mr. McAuliffe was joined by U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine and Attorney General Mark Herring, both Democrats, as he announced the executive order at a news conference in Richmond. He could not get his gun control measures through the Republican-controlled legislature.
The order sets up a new tip line for residents to report suspected illegal gun activity.
McAuliffe has been outspoken about wanting more gun control in the aftermath of recent mass shootings.
The legislature has concerns and vowed to keep track of the task force.