California is already known for having some of the country’s most restrictive gun laws. Now, gun owners fear that Gov. Gavin Newsom is about to make them even worse. 

According to the Daily Wire, Newsom announced this week that he will support legislation allowing California residents to sue firearm manufacturers.

Proposed bill will be modeled after Texas abortion law

Newsom said he is making the move in response to a recent Supreme Court decision allowing a Texas law that protects children from abortion at six weeks to stand while it is being challenged.

“I am outraged by yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing Texas’s ban on most abortion services to remain in place, and largely endorsing Texas’s scheme to insulate its law from the fundamental protections of Roe v. Wade,” Newsom was quoted as saying in a statement.

“But 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,” he continued.

Newsom added that he as told staff to work on a bill “that would create a right of action allowing private citizens to seek injunctive relief, and statutory damages of at least $10,000 per violation plus costs and attorney’s fees, against anyone who manufactures, distributes, or sells an assault weapon or ghost gun kit or parts in the State of California.”

“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,” he concluded.

Supreme Court is set to decide a major case regarding gun rights

The National Rifle Association immediately came out against Newsom’s proposal, tweeting that he “misunderstands the actions of the Supreme Court – and the limits of his war on lawful gun ownership.”

It went on to allege that the Democratic governor’s “promise to run roughshod over the Second Amendment is little more than political theater.”

The statement concluded by warning that Newsom “and fellow Democrats should proceed at their own peril: the American people will not tolerate another taxpayer-funded assault on constitutional freedom.”

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments last month in New York State Right & Pistol Association v. Bruen, which challenges New York’s onerous carry laws.

Legal observers say the case could have a far reaching impact on the ability of state and local governments to restrict gun rights.



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