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New California Gov. Gavin Newsom Has Been 'Vocally Anti-Gun Every Chance He Gets'

Outcoming Gov. Jerry Brown was no gun rights advocate, but if Newsom's voting record is any indication, he's likely to be even worse.

Christian Monterrosa/Sipa USA/NewscomChristian Monterrosa/Sipa USA/NewscomCalifornia Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, isn't exactly known as a staunch defender of the rights of Golden State voters to legally keep and bear arms.

But once fellow Democrat Gavin Newsom—who won the governor's race last night against Republican John Cox—takes office, defenders of the Second Amendment may come to miss the state's outgoing chief executive.

Brown signed many anti-gun bills into law. But he vetoed many as well. A list prepared by the Sacramento-based Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) shows that, since taking office in 2011 for his second stint as governor, Brown vetoed no fewer than 26 anti-gun proposals.

"I'm going to miss Jerry Brown because it's going to be much, much worse going forward," says Brandon Combs, president of the FPC.

Brown vetoed a 2013 bill, SB 374, that would have dramatically expanded the definition of "assault weapon." He vetoed, twice, legislation to restrict gun shows at San Francisco's Cow Palace exhibition hall. Brown vetoed a bill, AB 2333, that would have cracked down on children's BB guns. He vetoed a bill, AB 180, that would have carved out an exception to state preemption law and allowed the city of Oakland to enact stricter anti-gun measures. And he signed AB 2151, backed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), which encourages youth to hunt big game.

When rejecting a proposal that would have required firearm owners to obtain serial numbers from the government, Brown's veto message said: "I appreciate the author's concerns about gun violence, but I can't see how adding a serial number to a homemade gun would significantly advance public safety."

In 2014, Brown's opposition to mandatory background checks imposed on California residents who want to buy ammunition helped to sink that bill, SB 53, in the legislature.

Newsom responded by crafting Proposition 63, which used the state's ballot initiative process to accomplish much the same thing without the approval of the legislature or governor. In addition, Proposition 63 included a mass confiscation of standard capacity firearm magazines, including ones that had been legally owned for decades, which are able to hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

Newsom told the San Francisco Chronicle at the time that his revulsion toward firearms dates back to 1973, when his grandfather killed himself with one.

"My grandfather committed suicide, but not before putting his daughter—my mother—and her twin against the fireplace and saying he was going to blow their brains out," Newsom told the newspaper. "That's how I grew up. That's how I found out about guns."

"I can't stand 'em."

In 2016, Proposition 63 was approved by California voters by a margin of 63 to 37 percent.

Newsom has "been vocally anti-gun every chance he gets," says Combs. "He doesn't shy away from saying that he's welcoming new gun control, way beyond what we have today in California." (The NRA has given Newsom an F rating.)

Combs believes that position, coupled with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals' permissive attitude toward Second Amendment violations, will usher in a wave of new anti-gun laws: Unless federal courts intervene, Californians may end up with the right to own merely one handgun, in their homes, locked up, and nothing else.

"Anything beyond that, not only can they ban prospectively, but they can ban retroactively" as well, Combs says.

During his campaign for governor, Newsom has used gun owners and the NRA as a political foil. He's accused President Trump of being "bought and paid for by the NRA," has said that "the NRA's reign over our country and our laws must end." He has called for "comprehensive gun control" and even posted a video to Twitter claiming that "it's faster to buy an assault rifle than a cup of coffee." (California law already requires that all firearm purchases take place through a licensed dealer, with federal and state government background checks performed, and a mandatory 10-day waiting period imposed.)

By contrast, Brown hails from a different era of California that allowed him to rise above partisan politics, says Gene Hoffman, chairman of the Calguns Foundation, which frequently files lawsuits to protect Californians' rights to keep and bear arms.

"Gavin is of the era where, after the utter defeat of any Republican influence, all politics is California is about who is further left," he says. "And there are few things modern leftists like more than disarming citizens."

Photo Credit: Christian Monterrosa/Sipa USA/Newscom

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  • John||

    This is why the Republican control of the Senate and the contued appointment of conservative judges is so important. The judges are the only thing that will stop these lunatics.

    That said, at some point California will finally learn from experience and moderate itself. They do however seem to be very slow learners.

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    135 judicial vacancies remain [with 56 nominees currently pending], including 11 at the appellate level. With even greater control of the Senate Trump and Republicans should not have a problem filling those.

    And Ginsberg is 90, and looks to be a rather old 90 at that. Can you imagine the weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth if she becomes incapacitated or dies in the near term?

  • Mr. Dyslexic||

    Commifornian's deserve to get what they vote for good and fucking hard!

  • loveconstitution1789||

    California is going to lose House seats this next census. Other Blue states will too.

    The Lefties dont even see what is coming next.

  • CDRSchafer||

    Because U-Haul is racist, sexist, anti-gay/immigrant blah blah blah. Allowing people to move out of progressive shitholes is tyranny too.

  • Michael Palin's Buttplug||

    They ought to build a wall.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Socialists build walls to keep people in.

    Everyone else build walls and fences to keep people out.

  • Remember to keep it all polit||

    Great prediction for the House, on par with your pre-election prediction for the House.

  • TxJack 112||

    This is why they are trying to replace those leaving with illegals as fast as possible and are one of the states that sued to oppose the citizenship question on the census form. They know if the census is limited to US citizens and legal residents, they will lose seats in the House due to the mass exodus.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Federal judges will put a stop to Commifornia's madness.

    Any gun control California implements is in direct violation of the 2nd Amendment, since the 14th Amendment guarantees all US Citizens their federal rights. The right to keep and bear Arms being one of those rights.

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    It's in direct violation of the 2A when New Jersey does it, and it hasn't stopped them.

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    84 Federal judges have been confirmed since Trump took office. 135 judicial vacancies remain [with 56 nominees currently pending], including 11 at the appellate level.

    The USSC has a conservative majority for the first time in whenever.

    About time to grant cert to a 2nd Amendment issue.

    Too bad about the House, but given a choice of which chamber to control at this point I'd sure as hell choose the Senate. And those judges keep their jobs for a very very long time.

  • Dillinger||

    >>>"That's how I grew up. That's how I found out about guns."

    was Gavin there? sounds like that's how his mom found out about guns

  • Unicorn Abattoir||

    1. IF that's actually true.
    and
    2. A ban on magazines holding more than 10 rounds would have changed nothing.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    A ban on magazines holding more than 10 rounds would have changed nothing.

    I don't know, maybe his grandfather was an exceptionally poor shot and it took him more than 10 tries to commit suicide?

  • ||

    sounds like that's how his mom found out about guns

    I'm pretty sure she already knew how guns worked or, at least, when it was explained that the gun was going to blow her brains out she didn't reply "Whaddya mean?"

    God what a batshit crazy mentality. It's like electing Little Albert because you agree with his furry animal control stance. "I first learned about truck driving when the 2016 Nice Attacks happened."

  • TangoDelta||

    It doesn't really matter if the then 6 or 7 year old Gavin was there. Gavin denies that mental problems exist and people don't need treatment. That is why he can't conceive that his grandfather, who was undoubtedly suffering mental problems having survived the Bataan death march and who Gavin probably loved, could do such a thing therefore he must find a boogie man and hating the Japanese isn't fashionable any more so he hates the inanimate object, a gun. It's a classic case of transference as the shrink wrapper types would say.

    Sadly, Gavin probably won't get help for his mental problems or likely chemical dependence because he feels he is "normal". It's also unlikely that he would help any other members of his family who may have mental health issues get help either because he is a denier. He is the "I'm ok, you're ok. As long as you agree with me, otherwise you need to be in jail unless you're family then I'll find something else to blame" type.

    In short, he's a megalomaniac with grandfather issues that he refuses to face. And no, I'm not one of those head shrinkers, it's just that obvious.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Remember how Dianne Feinstein likes to pass complex laws defining "Assault rifles"? Just went with a more simple definition in a new law here in my state.

    Washington just passed this law:

    (25) "Semiautomatic assault rifle" means any rifle which
    utilizes a portion of the energy of a firing cartridge to extract
    the fired cartridge case and chamber the next round, and which
    requires a separate pull of the trigger to fire each cartridge.

    My Ruger 10/22 is now an "Assault rifle".

  • ||

    So, if I *only* use the cartridge's energy to extract the round and rely on a recoil spring to chamber the next round I'm in the clear, right?

    Seems like there's got to be some forgotten weapon in history that used mechanical energy to eject and load cartridges and would constitute a machine gun save for the fact that one trigger squeeze fires one round.

  • End Child Unemployment||

    Marlin 795 - $160
    Washington state semi automatic assault rifle administrative fee - $25
    Mandatory safety training class - who knows, but probably at least $50

    Cost of getting a training rifle / plinker just went up 47%

    Also if someone steels your gun and kills someone with it you're guilty of a class C felony. Unless you stored it "safely", in a locked case and unlocked.

    Hoping 1639 is challenged in court quickly.

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    I think it was Esquire, or maybe GQ [both foppish screeds] that ran an article about "The Ten Most Dangerous Guns in the US." And they actually listed the 10/22.

    Dangerous to squirrels maybe.

  • CDRSchafer||

    It's a natural right - you can't take it away, pal. You can declare war on US citizens, but the right exists exclusive of your actions.

  • OpenBordersLiberal-tarian||

    "Gavin is of the era where, after the utter defeat of any Republican influence, all politics is California is about who is further left," he says. "And there are few things modern leftists like more than disarming citizens."

    Excellent news!

    I'm looking forward to the day when the entire country is like California — effectively a single-party state under permanent Democratic control. It will be a progressive / libertarian paradise.

    #LibertariansForGunSense
    #BanAssaultWeapons

  • TrickyVic (old school)||

    Realizing how crappy life has become under their own guidance, they will move to Texas.

  • TxJack 112||

    Lets hope not we have enough already. Why do we have to be punished for the insanity in California? Let them move to another state.

  • CDRSchafer||

    Will they fairly distribute all their homeless and illegals?

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    I want my local library to become a homeless shelter with books.

  • Sevo||

    As bad as moonbeam was, Newsom is worse.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    He can finally make his personal feelings into public policy. He can send men armed with guns to do his will against men who would arm themselves with guns.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    For a guy who ostensibly wants to fight global warming, he sure uses a lot of petroleum products...

  • Cynical Asshole||

    He can send men armed with guns to do his will against men who would arm themselves with guns.

    Guaranteed to end well...

  • Remember to keep it all polit||

    I suspect he will overreach and sign laws that even the Ninth can't stomach. If he somehow manages to restrain himself enough to give the Ninth even the tiniest excuse to accept his vomit, it will still be too much for the Supreme Court.

  • End Child Unemployment||

    I dunno, so far SCOTUS appears to have zero interest in resolving circuit court splits on 2nd ammendment Heller and McDonald cases.

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    With Gorsuch and now Kavanaugh on the bench, I'm willing to bet that is about to change.

    Now if Ginsberg kicks the bucket in the near term, I am actually hoping Trump will appoint Barrett to replace her. Can you just imagine the weeping, wailing, and collective gnashing of teeth that will ensue?

    I wonder how many people she assaulted in high school, or what we will find in the margins of her year books?

  • BYODB||

    I'm not sure 'worse' is measurable in California since they have all but repealed the second amendment within their borders. The only things they could do that are arguably worse aren't actually feasibly possible, so there's that.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    When rejecting a proposal that would have required firearm owners to obtain serial numbers from the government, Brown's veto message said: "I appreciate the author's concerns about gun violence, but I can't see how adding a serial number to a homemade gun would significantly advance public safety."

    The first part of that sentence makes it sound like it's requiring gun owners to get a serial number from the government, perhaps tattooed on their forearms or something.

    You know who else required certain classes of citizens to get serial numbers tattooed on their forearms.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    "My grandfather committed suicide, but not before putting his daughter—my mother—and her twin against the fireplace and saying he was going to blow their brains out," Newsom told the newspaper. "That's how I grew up. That's how I found out about guns."

    "I can't stand 'em."

    And instead of dealing with it like a normal, emotionally stable adult he demands that everyone else's self defense rights be curtailed because of his feels. He's basically David Hogg, only without the excuse of being "just a kid."

  • Duke of url||

    Weird how this statist dick can surround himself with armed security that the very taxpayers he dreams of stripping rights from, are forced to pay for.
    It's almost as if he's a total hypocrite or something.

  • Duke of url||

    If only there was some sort of, I don't know, supreme law of the land or something, that expressly prohibited him from enacting any infringement on the people's right to keep and bear arms!

  • Duke of url||

    He swears he'll be as faithful to the Constitution, as he was to his wife.

  • perlchpr||

    New Mexico just elected a governor who campaigned on the promise of an "assault weapon" and standard capacity magazine ban.

    Interesting times. :-/

  • Lawn Darts||

    Nevada just did the same.

    SISOLAK RELEASES AD OPPOSING GUN RIGHTS – APRIL 12, 2018
    "When I'm governor, we're gonna ban assault rifles, bump stocks, silencers. We need to take action. And now is the time to take action." In his own words

  • Lawn Darts||

    In fact, I bet the legislation is already written. I bet it will be on the guys desk before his fat ass even hits the seat.

  • perlchpr||

    I'm sure you're correct.

    Too bad I lost all my guns years ago in that freak canoeing accident.

  • TxJack 112||

    Two of the three on this list are either banned already or tightly regulated. The irony of such campaign promises, it they totally ignore the fact these bans have to go through the legislature and unless Democrats also control a majority there, the governors will not do squat. In California last night, a lunatic killed 13 people with a single handgun, and multiple 10 rd magazines. How? He chose a nightclub that has a single public entrance and exit point. He banked on panic and the inability to locate another exit to give him lots of targets.

  • Juice||

    That picture makes him look like the archetypal governor of California. His hair and face look plastic.

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    Yes, I thought it looked quite mannequinesque.

  • esteve7||

    Speaking as a Californian, we need to wall off this damn state. Nevada, Colorado, and other states are turning blue because democrats fuck up this state and move to other states, but keep their stupid politics. Why oh why would you want to turn Texas blue, for example? The whole point of you moving there in the first place is to enjoy the policy effects of a Red State and to leave the policy effects of a Blue state

  • Mickey Rat||

    Disease carriers have no idea what made their former home state unlivable.

  • TxJack 112||

    Fortunately, a lot of the Californians who move here discover a state with no state income tax, low cost of living, higher than average wages, small, limited government and realize their nightmare is over. Unfortunately, the rest of them continue to think their failed progressive ideology should be transplanted here. However, as they do in California, they always ignore the people in the rural parts of the state and unlike California, far more people live outside the large cities than in them. Also, unlike California, the reason people move to the suburbs in Texas is to escape the Democratic lunacy perpetrated by city governments like those in Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio.

  • Rebel Scum||

    a mass confiscation

    Illegal regardless of the propositions result.

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    By all means I hope plastic dick face passes the most draconian legislation California will allow. With a conservative majority on the USSC [not to mention Trumps 85 judicial appointments with 135 to follow] the time is nigh for a decision on this.

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    "My grandfather committed suicide, but not before putting his daughter—my mother—and her twin against the fireplace and saying he was going to blow their brains out," Newsom told the newspaper. "That's how I grew up. That's how I found out about guns."

    "I can't stand 'em."

    So naturally he thinks his personal feelings ought to be codified into law and enforced on everybody. Hmm he must be a Democrat.

  • j238||

    Congratulations on Thousand Oaks. You must be looking forward to more manifestations of Constitutional freedom like that.
    I anticipate you won't be disappointed.

  • Presskh||

    What else would you expect from a bunch of leftist dumbass voters - they elect someone even farther left than "Moonbeam" Brown. California is a lost cause, with regard to sanity and individual rights.

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