LA Times: California Pushes More Gun Control than Other States Thanks to Democrat Rule

Guns in California (David McNew / Getty)
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On January 14, the Los Angeles Times observed that California pursues more gun control than other states thanks to Democrat rule.

This observation was contained in an column written to express disappoint that President Obama did not spend more time pushing gun control in the State of the Union (SOTU) address.

For example, the LA Times pointed out that an empty seat honoring shooting victims was kept by first lady Michelle Obama during the SOTU, but Obama did not say a word about it during his address. The Times countered that things would be different in California–that things are different–because Democrat rule has birthed an endless gun control push.

According to the Times, “Oh, well. California is moving ahead on guns with a November ballot initiative and legislation in the Capitol.” And they quoted Field Poll director Mark DiCamillo, who said, “California is different. This state always has been more supportive of controlling gun ownership than the rest of the country.” And DiCamillo indicated that this is so because “California is dominated by Democrats who mostly favor gun control.”

One of those Democrats–Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom–is pushing to limit all ammunition magazines to the same capacity Elliot Rodger used in his May 2014 Santa Barbara attack. Newsom is also pushing to require background checks for all ammunition purchases. Newsom’s gun control ballot initiative is running congruently with Assemblyman Miguel Santiago’s (D-Los Angles) push to prohibit Californians from buying more than one long gun a month. And the backdrop for Newsom and Santiago’s gun control efforts are the Gun Violence Restraining Orders (GVROs), which were passed by Democrats last year and took effect on January 1, 2016.

GVROs open the door for a judge to issue an order for the confiscation of a gun owner’s firearms without that gun owner even being present during the hearing to defend himself.

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