After the U.S. Supreme Court declined to block a Texas state law banning most abortions there, Governor Gavin Newsom said he would push for a new California law that bans the manufacture and sale of assault rifles in the state .
“I am outraged by yesterday’s US Supreme Court ruling allowing the ban on most abortion services in Texas to be upheld and Texas’s plan to amend its Roe v. Isolating Wade, broadly advocated, “Newsom said in a statement Saturday night. “But if states can now protect their laws from scrutiny by federal courts that liken assault weapons to Swiss Army knives, then California will use that authority to protect people’s lives while Texas has used them to put women at risk. “
California’s anti-guns law, Newsom said, would be modeled on Texas law that makes abortions illegal after six weeks of pregnancy and allows individuals to sue doctors or anyone who helps a woman perform an abortion for enforcement .
Newsom said it had directed its staff to work with the state legislature and Atty. General Rob Bonta on a new law that would allow individuals to sue manufacturers or dealers of assault weapons.
“If the most efficient way to keep these devastating weapons off our streets is to add the threat of private lawsuits, that’s exactly what we should be doing,” Newsom said in the statement.
Times Sacramento bureau chief John Myers contributed to this report.