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CA Senate Advances Gun Control Bill Modeled After TX Abortion Law One Day After Uvalde Mass Shooting

CA Senate Advances Gun Control Bill Modeled After TX Abortion Law One Day After Uvalde Mass Shooting

The California Senate advanced a package of gun control bills in the hours after a mass shooting in the Texas city of Uvalde on Tuesday, as Governor Gavin Newsom slammed Republicans, whom he said “won’t do a damn thing about it.”

“This is preventable,” Gov. Newsom said on Tuesday. “Our inaction is a choice.” More than a dozen gun control bills were pending in the legislature; Newsom and the legislators said the hope was to fast-track most of them before the July 1st summer recess.

 

The bill passed by the California State Senate on Tuesday mirrors the controversial law outlawing abortions in Texas, which allows individuals to sue clinics to stop abortion procedures. SB-1327 would allow Californians to sue gun manufacturers for at least $10,000 in civil damages for each weapon. It was introduced in December after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowed Texas to enforce its abortion ban. It now heads to the Assembly.

Another bill, SB 906, would compel school districts to investigate any school shooting threats and report them to law enforcement. An Assembly bill would allow the state Department of Justice, local authorities, and victims of gun violence to also sue gun manufacturers and dealers for “irresponsible, reckless, and negligent” selling or marketing of guns in the state.

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Even with California’s current stringent gun policies, the state has seen some of the deadliest mass shootings in the nation. A gunman attacked a lunch banquet at a Taiwanese church in Laguna Woods earlier this month, killing one person and wounding five others. That mass shooting came just weeks after another deadly shooting in Sacramento that killed six people and injured a dozen more just blocks from the state Capitol.

Newsom said the state will continue “lean into” progressive policies to stop the abuse and proliferation of guns while pushing the federal government to adopt similar measures. “California leads this conversation,” said Newsom.”When California moves, others move in the same direction.”

 

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