California Governor Gavin Newsom is pushing for a new Constitutional amendment aimed at curbing gun violence and protecting public safety.
The proposed 28th Amendment would introduce stricter regulations on gun ownership without infringing on the Second Amendment rights. Governor Newsom emphasized the need for “common sense constitutional protections and gun safety measures” that enjoy broad support across party lines.
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
“Every time, it’s the same. They tell us, we can’t stop these massacres. They tell us we have to stand by and watch tragedy after tragedy unfold in our communities,” Newsom narrated.
“They say we can’t stop domestic terrorism without violating the second amendment. And that ‘thoughts and prayers’ are the best we can do,” he continued. “I’m here to tell you, that’s a lie.”
The California governor then went on to claim that he is seeking to “reclaim our freedom from fear” and proposed the new constitutional amendment that would implement sweeping gun control measures while “leaving the Second Amendment intact.”
Key provisions of the proposed amendment include raising the minimum age to purchase firearms from 18 to 21, implementing universal background checks for all gun purchases, establishing waiting periods, and prohibiting civilian access to assault weapons. These measures have been at the center of heated political debates in Congress and state legislatures, often encountering resistance from Republicans who have previously filibustered gun control legislation.
“This will guarantee states as well the ability to enact common sense gun safety laws, while leaving the Second Amendment intact, and respecting America’s gun-owning tradition,” the governor claimed.
“And it ensures NRA-owned politicians can never strip those protections away,” Newson added while speaking against images of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
Governor Newsom’s initiative comes in the wake of a year marked by numerous mass shootings across the country. The governor’s proposal, however, faces significant hurdles.
Any new amendment to the Constitution must secure a two-thirds majority in Congress or be supported by applications from two-thirds of the states. Despite these challenges, Governor Newsom remains determined to lead the way, declaring that California will be the first state to call for a Constitutional convention.