Gavin Newsom calls for constitutional amendment to limit gun rights

 June 9, 2023

In what many Americans would regard as an unthinkable move, California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom is demanding that the right to bear arms be repealed. 

According to Breitbart, Newsom put out a tweet on Thursday in which he proposed a new constitutional amendment that would allow for more gun restrictions.

Proposals would severely curtail gun rights

Part of the governor's proposal involves raising the minimum age for all firearm purchases to 21. Federal law currently allows those who are 18 to buy shotguns and rifles from a licensed dealer although states may permit possession at younger ages.

He also wants to outlaw private gun transfers by implementing a universal background check system and impose "a reasonable waiting period for gun purchases."

Finally, Newsom wishes to ban "the civilian purchase of assault weapons," a term for which he provides no formal definition.

Newsom says Americans can "reclaim our freedom from fear"

"Every time it's the same. They tell us we can't stop these massacres," the governor can be heard saying in a video accompanying his tweet.

"They tell us we have to stand by and watch tragedy after tragedy unfold in our communities. They say we can't stop domestic terrorism without violating the Second Amendment. And that thoughts and prayers are the best we can do," he continues.

"I'm here to say that's a lie," Newsom insists before adding, "In this country, we do have the power, the power to change things. To reclaim our freedom from fear."

Interestingly, a study by the Statista Research Department found that Newsom's home state has had more mass shootings over the past four decades than any other.

California law already incorporates Newsom's proposals

This is despite the fact that California has some of the nation's most restrictive firearm laws and receives an F-rating from the anti-gun Giffords Law Center.

That includes limiting gun sales to those aged 21 and older, prohibiting private sales, imposing a 10-day waiting period, and banning many semi-automatic firearms.

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