Even before Sunday’s shooting that left six people dead in downtown Sacramento, Democratic legislators in California had visions of passing yet more laws to control guns, though not one that might actually help prevent such shootings.
On Sacramento’s K Street on Monday, there was the detritus of murder: torn crime tape, broken glass from a shattered jewelry store window, a memorial for a victim, Melinda Davis, a 57-year-old homeless woman who likely was waiting for the crowd to thin so she could sleep. It was all a block from the Capitol, where state lawmakers over the past few decades have approved the nation’s most far-reaching gun safety laws.
In 2022, the most eye-catching, though flawed, measure is one pushed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Always on the lookout for shiny new issues, the Democrat is seeking to limit illegal guns in California by applying the concept championed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) to effectively ban abortions.
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