California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has proposed creating a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to restrict Americans’ Second Amendment rights.
Newsom has repeatedly demanded that the U.S. government infringe on the rights of Americans, including calling for censorship and taking away firearms from law-abiding citizens.
Now, he is announcing his proposal to spread California’s failed gun control policies to the rest of the country. Newsom’s proposed amendment would raise the minimum age to purchase firearms to 21 and implement universal background checks.
The amendment would also create what the Democrat governor vaguely stated is a “reasonable waiting period for gun purchases” and prohibit civilians from purchasing so-called “assault weapons” — a term that the left has essentially refused to define.
“The 28th Amendment will enshrine in the Constitution common sense gun safety measures that Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and gun owners overwhelmingly support – while leaving the 2nd Amendment unchanged and respecting America’s gun-owning tradition,” Newsom falsely claimed while announcing the amendment on Thursday.
NEW: I’m proposing the 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution to help end our nation’s gun violence crisis.
The American people are sick of Congress’ inaction.
The 28th will enshrine 4 widely supported gun safety freedoms — while leaving the 2nd Amendment intact:
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) June 8, 2023
Most of these laws already exist in California, other than the age restrictions, and they have had little to no effect on gun crime — with critics noting that those who commit crimes are unlikely to be deterred by more laws.
Gavin and his ilk see mass shootings as opportunities to be exploited.
California has had multiple mass shootings this year, and already has all the gun laws Newsom would nationalize under the "28th Amendment", and more. pic.twitter.com/mdGZSFF7pf
— Kostas Moros (@MorosKostas) June 8, 2023
Newsom’s 28th amendment is very unlikely to pass, as a constitutional amendment must be proposed by two-thirds of the House of Representatives and the Senate, or two-thirds of states through a convention — then it has to be ratified by three-fourths of state legislatures.
Unfortunately for the California governor, states have actually been moving away from ineffective anti-Second Amendment legislation in recent years — instead opting to broaden Americans’ gun rights.
Recent reports have shown that 27 states now allow permitless carry:
NEWS: NRA Members Have Now Liberated 27 States With Constitutional Carry pic.twitter.com/hhoLkkQ2Zd
— NRA (@NRA) April 25, 2023
Meanwhile, California’s gun control laws have not helped with the state’s crime problem. As Newsom continues to try to push the rest of the U.S. to be more like California, many critics have admonished him and told him to worry about the problems in his own state.
“California is a beacon for violence because of @GavinNewsom’s embrace of policies that champion the criminal and penalize the law-abiding. That is why the majority of Americans rightfully reject his California-style gun control,” the National Rifle Association (NRA) tweeted in response to Newsom’s proposal.
🚨California is a beacon for violence because of @GavinNewsom's embrace of policies that champion the criminal and penalize the law-abiding. That is why the majority of Americans rightfully reject his California-style gun control.
— NRA (@NRA) June 8, 2023