California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed at least three significant gun control measures into law to restrict access to weapons and provide a pathway for private citizens to sue the industry. This comes less than a month after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected restrictions on carrying firearms in public, providing a significant victory for 2nd Amendment supporters. On a list of more than a dozen measures that he prioritized this year due to an increase in gun violence around the country, Newsom signed one of the most well-known ones on Tuesday.
In addition to creating a “firearm industry standard of conduct,” Assembly Bill 1594 gives local governments, the state Department of Justice, and gun violence survivors the right to legal action for flagrant transgressions of state sales and marketing laws.
“To the victims of gun violence and their families: California stands with you.”
“The gun industry can no longer hide from the devastating harm their products cause,” Newsom said in a statement.
“Our kids, families, and communities deserve streets free of gun violence, and gun makers must be held accountable for their role in this crisis.”
“Nearly every industry is held liable when people are hurt or killed by their products—guns should be no different.” agency clause, which requires a two-thirds majority vote in both houses of the Legislature, will allow some laws to take effect immediately, while others won’t take effect until July 1, 2023. Two laws that Newsom signed on June 30 would restrict the sale of ghost guns and prohibit the advertising of firearms to minors.