Gun Safety

Lt. Governor Newsom has been a longtime and vocal advocate for improving California's firearm safety laws and closing the loop holes that have allowed dangerous individuals to access firearms and ammunition.

In 2015, Lt. Governor Newsom designed and authored Proposition 63 to restrict dangerous individuals with violent histories from accessing firearms and ammunition. Proposition 63:

  • outlawed the possession of high-capacity magazines in California, a common accessory used in nearly all mass shootings;
  • created a system for relinquishing firearms from felons who are prohibited by law from owning them;
  • clarified that gun theft carries felony charges;
  • required people and businesses to report lost or stolen guns, to assist law enforcement with illegal firearms trafficking;
  • required background checks for ammunition purchases;
  • requires internet sales of ammunition to be conducted through a licensed vendor.

Newsom's Proposition 63 was approved by California voters in November 2016 and the new laws are currently in various stages of implementation.

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