“It’s on!” said Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom as he along with gun control advocates dropped off a reported 600,000 signatures for the Safety For All voter referendum campaign.
Newsom, who is currently running to replace Gov. Jerry Brown, would place a five-point list of gun control measures in front of voters in the coming general election. These include an end to grandfathering of magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds, relinquishment of weapons by those prohibited by the state from legal possession and mandatory reporting of lost or stolen guns. In addition, it would require background checks prior to all ammunition sales – a first for any state.
Granted title for the measure by California Attorney General Kamala Harris last December, the campaign needs 365,880 verified signatures to make it to the ballot this fall. Newsom, who stood with San Francisco Sheriff Vicki Hennessy, Julie Leftwich from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, and members of the medical community on Friday, contends they have delivered nearly twice that many.
“We’re there. This is going to be on the November ballot,” Newsom said this week as reported by the LA Times. “Over 600,000 registered voters want to take some bold action on gun safety.”