California Governor Gavin Newsom expressed his outrage Saturday at a Supreme Court decision to allow the Texas six-week abortion ban to remain in effect and said he would use similar legal tactics to tackle gun control in his state.
The Friday ruling from the Supreme Court allowed Texas’ abortion law that bars the procedure after the first six weeks of pregnancy to remain in place but said abortion providers have the right to challenge the law in federal court. However, the ruling limits which state officials can be sued by the abortion providers, which could make it difficult for them to resume providing abortions after the sixth week of pregnancy.
Newsom, who founded the California Future of Abortion Council, has already declared his state will be a ‘sanctuary’ for people seeking abortions from states restricting the procedures after the sixth week. Now the California Democrat is fighting with fire, saying he’ll use the same tactics Texas used to enact stricter gun control in his state: “…if states can now shield their laws from review by the federal courts that compare assault weapons to Swiss Army knives, then California will use that authority to protect people’s lives, where Texas used it to put women in harm’s way,” Governor Newsom said in his official response to the Supreme Court’s ruling.
I still can’t get over Governor Gavin Newsom saying he’ll model the Texas GQP inhumane abortion ban to flip it against guns instead. Pretty badass and totally necessary. I love his new no f*cks to give approach. 👏👏👏
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) December 13, 2021
Newsom’s statement confirms he has directed his staff to draft a bill that would allow private citizens to seek injunctive relief “against anyone who manufactures, distributes, or sells an assault weapon or ghost gun kit or parts in the State of California.” The bill would also provide for statutory damages of at least $10,000 in addition to attorney’s fees, the governor’s statement said.
SCOTUS is letting private citizens in Texas sue to stop abortion?!
If that's the precedent then we'll let Californians sue those who put ghost guns and assault weapons on our streets.
If TX can ban abortion and endanger lives, CA can ban deadly weapons of war and save lives. https://t.co/N5Iur9PEUZ
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) December 12, 2021
“If the most efficient way to keep these devastating weapons off our streets is to add the threat of private lawsuits, we should do just that,” Newsom said.
For all you cynics poo-pooing Gavin Newsom's TX-style action on guns:
You're right — SCOTUS is unlikely to budge even when its hypocrisy is exposed…
But it's still a worthy battle. Sometimes you win in politics simply by showing up to fight.
— Lauren Windsor (@lawindsor) December 13, 2021