UPDATED 2:19 PM PT – Thursday, May 26, 2022
California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) made a vow to enact more gun control measures in response to the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. During a press conference on Wednesday, Newsom said he was looking to fast track 12 gun control bills that are currently working through the legislature. The governor pledged that he would sign those bills at the end of next month.
“California leads this national conversation,” Newsom stated. “When California moves other states move in the same direction.”
Every day of inaction is another day kids die from guns.
We will enforce & defend our laws & we will pass stronger ones.
Nothing is more important than protecting our communities. pic.twitter.com/GE0X6OjUsA
— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) May 25, 2022
Officials vocalized that Newsom could expedite a bill modeled after a Texas abortion law, allowing private citizens to sue gun manufacturers or distributors over potential incidents.
“California will not stand by as kids across the country are gunned down,” the governor declared. “Guns are now the leading cause of death for kids in America. While the US Senate stands idly by and activist federal judges strike down commonsense gun laws across our nation, California will act with the urgency this crisis demands. The Second Amendment is not a suicide pact. We will not let one more day go by without taking action to save lives.”
Although California already has stringent gun control laws in place, Governor Newsom and legislative leaders will continue working together to expedite additional bills pending that can contribute to the end of gun violence.