Gov. Gavin Newsom has vowed to use his time in office to take action on what he sees as the main pressing issue in California — gun violence. Now, he’s putting that ambition into practice by suggesting he might use a Texas abortion law to enact tougher measures.
Speaking at a town hall hosted by NBC Universal and then later at a joint news conference with President Donald Trump, Mr. Newsom was asked by the president’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, about his comment Wednesday that he would “look at” banning weapons like the AR-15.
Mr. Giuliani suggested that Mr. Newsom’s suggestion was similar to a Texas law that allows doctors to argue for abortion termination. The comment prompted Mr. Newsom to respond: “I’m going to use this Texas law, very similar law, as a model for a gun-control measure,” he said.
And he hinted that this week’s mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, would have been prevented with stronger background checks on gun buyers.
“Let’s hope this isn’t the worst that we deal with. Let’s hope our prayers are answered that we had an exponentially greater amount of the deliberate armed law-abiding citizens,” he said.
He added that his task force to review gun violence would take account of those who would argue that they can’t carry a gun because they don’t have a license.
“And we will do that too. But the reality is that when there are loopholes, such as that, we need to close them up,” he said.