Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) signed another Second Amendment restriction into law with Senate Bill 1327 on Friday, allowing individuals to sue, “those responsible for illegal assault weapons and ghost guns,” according to an official press release.
While not surprising, this represents yet another infringement upon the Constitution, which seems to be a common occurrence among blue state leaders. Worse yet, the law was modeled after a Texas abortion ban.
The original red state legislation allows for private citizens to sue with regard to abortions within the state of Texas. California seeks to emulate the spirit of that law, regarding the regulation of the right to keep and bear arms with their own liberal version.
“It’s outrageous that the Supreme Court continues to allow Texas to use the threat of civil lawsuits to nullify women’s constitutional right to control their own bodies,” Newsom wrote in an opinion piece for the Washington Post back in December, following the Dobbs decision which overturned Roe v. Wade.
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“But if this kind of lawmaking is fair play, then California will at least use this tool to save lives instead of harming them,” Newsom continued. “That’s why this month I called on California’s legislature to send me a bill creating a similar way to take action against those who produce or sell assault weapons and ‘ghost guns’ in California.”
The bill Newsom signed also “allows Californians to sue those making, selling, transporting or distributing illegal assault weapons and ghost guns – guns made at home to avoid tracing – for damages of at least $10,000 per weapon involved.”
After signing the bill into law, he wrote on Twitter, “You cannot sell or manufacture illegal weapons of war in CA. And if you do, there are now 40 million people that can collect $10,000 from you for engaging in that illegal activity. We’re using Texas’ perverse abortion law to ACTUALLY save lives.”
You cannot sell or manufacture illegal weapons of war in CA.
And if you do, there are now 40 million people that can collect $10,000 from you for engaging in that illegal activity.
We’re using Texas’ perverse abortion law to ACTUALLY save lives. https://t.co/TmdhzDcJJv
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) July 22, 2022
While this new law is bad news for supporters of the Second Amendment, it may not stand for very long.
Last month the High Court struck down a law regarding the right to carry a firearm in the state of New York, opening the door to all types of new challenges, as well as kickback from the gun-owning community.
Time will tell if California’s SB 1327 is legally challenged at a higher level, but for now, the best way citizens can make their voices heard is with their ballots when they vote come November.
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