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Cali Gun Owners Ready To Repeal New Weapon Laws

Firearms enthu­si­asts are tak­ing aim at sev­en gun con­trol bills Gov. Jer­ry Brown signed last month. But with lit­tle time to gath­er sig­na­tures for a ref­er­en­dum and no mon­e­tary help from the Nation­al Rifle Asso­ci­a­tion, they could wind up inad­ver­tent­ly help­ing Lt. Gov. Gavin New­som make the case for his gun mea­sure on the Novem­ber bal­lot.

Gun rights advocates, from left, Craig DeLuz, left, Daniel Reid, Roy Griffith and Sam Paredes right, watch a television monitor outside the state Senate Chambers as lawmakers debate a gun control measure at the Capitol on Thursday, June 30, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

Gun rights advo­cates, from left, Craig DeLuz, left, Daniel Reid, Roy Grif­fith and Sam Pare­des right, watch a tele­vi­sion mon­i­tor out­side the state Sen­ate Cham­bers as law­mak­ers debate a gun con­trol mea­sure at the Capi­tol on Thurs­day, June 30, 2016, in Sacra­men­to, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedron­cel­li)

The new­ly formed group Veto Gun­maged­don began cir­cu­lat­ing peti­tions Fri­day at gun stores and fir­ing ranges across the state, seek­ing enough sig­na­tures to put the sev­en bills, which go into effect next year, to a pop­u­lar vote — most like­ly in Novem­ber 2018.

This is what the people’s veto is for,” said Bar­ry Bahra­mi, a San Diego area busi­ness own­er who is spear­head­ing the peti­tion dri­ve. “Any­one who knows any­thing about firearms looks at these laws and knows how ridicu­lous they are.”

Law­mak­ers passed a dozen gun con­trol bills in June, sev­en of which Brown signed into law, includ­ing leg­is­la­tion requir­ing back­ground checks for ammu­ni­tion pur­chas­es and a ban on pos­ses­sion of mag­a­zines that hold more than 10 rounds.

Those two pro­vi­sions form the back­bone of Newsom’s gun con­trol mea­sure.

New­som, who has already entered the 2018 governor’s race, had faced crit­i­cism from some Democ­rats for refus­ing to with­draw his mea­sure and risk giv­ing a rea­son for gun-rights con­ser­v­a­tives to flock to the polls. But that argu­ment holds less weight now that the new gun laws are being chal­lenged.

He will be able to say gun restric­tions are under attack and that it’s more impor­tant than ever to pass my bal­lot mea­sure,” said Jes­si­ca Levin­son, a polit­i­cal ana­lyst and elec­tion law expert at Loy­ola Law School in Los Ange­les.

Dan New­man, the chief strate­gist for Propo­si­tion 63, Newsom’s gun con­trol mea­sure, was not avail­able for com­ment on Fri­day.

The propo­si­tion would also require courts to make sure that con­victs turn in their guns if man­dat­ed and also require gun own­ers to report a lost or stolen gun.

With the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion poten­tial­ly deter­min­ing whether there is a pro-gun-rights major­i­ty on the Supreme Court, gun rights groups have so far spent lit­tle mon­ey try­ing to defeat Newsom’s mea­sure or repeal the state gun laws.

We’re very pleased to see this lev­el of gun own­er engage­ment,” said Chuck Michel, pres­i­dent of the Cal­i­for­nia Rifle and Pis­tol Asso­ci­a­tion, an NRA affil­i­ate. But Michel added that he hoped gun own­ers real­ize that the repeal dri­ve is only part of “much larg­er war” and that the big bat­tle is the pres­i­den­tial con­test between Demo­c­rat Hillary Clin­ton and Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump.

If Hillary Clin­ton wins, it’s going to be much more dif­fi­cult to strike down fla­grant vio­la­tions of the Sec­ond Amend­ment,” Michel said.

Some polit­i­cal experts said Fri­day that the grass-roots effort to strike down California’s gun con­trol laws has lit­tle chance of get­ting on the bal­lot.

Vol­un­teers have until Sept. 29 to col­lect the near­ly 366,000 sig­na­tures need­ed to have vot­ers weigh in on six laws Gov. Brown signed on July 1 and until Oct. 20 to meet the sig­na­ture thresh­old for a sev­enth bill the gov­er­nor signed weeks lat­er.

With­out hir­ing paid sig­na­ture gath­er­ers, “it’s not going to hap­pen,” said Jim Ross, an Oak­land-based Demo­c­ra­t­ic polit­i­cal con­sul­tant. “The only hope they have to col­lect that many sig­na­tures is if some wealthy gun own­er wants to take up the issue.”

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