New­som plans to go fur­ther on guns

Merced Sun-Star - - Front Page - BY ALEXEI KOSEFF akos­

Hours af­ter an­other mass shoot­ing in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, Gov.-elect Gavin New­som said Thurs­day that he “will raise the bar” on gun con­trol when he takes over in Jan­uary.

In San Fran­cisco to feed the home­less at St. An­thony’s, his first pub­lic event since win­ning elec­tion on Tues­day, New­som said he would re­visit some of the bills that Gov. Jerry Brown has rejected dur­ing his two terms.

“There are a num­ber of things he ve­toed that I would not have ve­toed, and there are a num­ber of things that I want that haven’t been done,” New­som said in an in­ter­view with The Sacra­mento Bee. He de­clined to dis­cuss spe­cific poli­cies.

One pos­si­bil­ity is an ex­pan­sion of Cal­i­for­nia’s gun vi­o­lence re­strain­ing or­der law, which al­lows po­lice and fam­ily mem­bers to seek the tem­po­rary re­moval of firearms from some­one they be­lieve is a dan­ger to them­selves or oth­ers. Brown has twice ve­toed, in­clud­ing in Septem­ber, a mea­sure that would also al­low em­ploy­ers, co-work­ers, high school and col­lege staff, and men­tal health providers to pe­ti­tion for a gun vi­o­lence re­strain­ing or­der. New­som in­di­cated Thurs­day he was open to the idea.

“Peo­ple that are dan­ger­ously men­tally ill and have pre­vi­ously had in­ci­dences with law en­force­ment, I think those red flags are ap­pro­pri­ate and I think Cal­i­for­nia can con­tinue to lead the na­tion in terms of ad­vanc­ing pro­hi­bi­tions,” he said at a press con­fer­ence.

At least 13 peo­ple, many of them stu­dents at Pep­per­dine Uni­ver­sity, were killed late Wed­nes­day night at a bar in Thou­sand Oaks. Ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties, the shooter used a .45 cal­iber Glock hand­gun with an ex­tended mag­a­zine, a mod­i­fi­ca­tion that is not le­gal in Cal­i­for­nia.

Led by New­som, Cal­i­for­nia vot­ers in 2016 ap­proved an ini­tia­tive pro­hibit­ing the pos­ses­sion of mag­a­zines ca­pa­ble of hold­ing more than 10 rounds. Those pro­vi­sions, which would re­quire in­di­vid­u­als to give up high-ca­pac­ity mag­a­zines that were pre­vi­ously grand­fa­thered in as part of a pre­vi­ous ban, are cur­rently tied up in a law­suit.

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