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California governor pushes for gun laws modeled on Texas abortion ban

World Dec 12, 2021 02:20AM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: California Governor Gavin Newsom makes an appearance at the California Democratic Party headquarters in Sacramento, California, U.S., September 14, 2021. REUTERS/Fred Greaves/File Photo

(Reuters) - California Governor Gavin Newsom said he plans to use a controversial U.S. Supreme Court ruling on strict abortion curbs in Texas to design a law that would allow private citizens to sue some gun manufacturers, distributors and sellers.

The Supreme Court on Friday left in effect the Texas law that enables private citizens to sue anyone who performs or assists a woman in getting an abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy.

The Texas law was designed by the state's Republican-controlled legislature to avoid normal means of legal challenge, because rather than making state officials responsible for enforcement, it instead gave private individuals anywhere the right to sue doctors who provide abortion services in Texas and anyone else who "aids or abets" the process.

While allowing the Texas law to remain in effect, the court ruled legal challenges may proceed against the measure, which critics say amounts to vigilante justice.

Newsom, a Democrat, said on Saturday his team will work with state Attorney General Rob Bonta and the legislature to draft a proposal in line with the Texas law that would let citizens sue manufacturers, sellers or distributors of assault weapons or ghost gun kits for at least $10,000 per violation.

"I am outraged by yesterday's U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing Texas's ban on most abortion services to remain in place," Newsom said in a statement https://

"If states can now shield their laws from review by the federal courts that compare assault weapons to Swiss Army knives, then California will use that authority to protect people's lives, where Texas used it to put women in harm's way."

Liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor, in a dissent to Friday's decision, blasted the court's majority for failing to "put an end to this madness" and warned that other states could try to copy the Texas enforcement mechanism.

President Joe Biden said he was "very concerned" by the decision to leave in place the abortion ban but said it was "encouraging" that the court allowed part of the abortion providers' lawsuit to continue.

California governor pushes for gun laws modeled on Texas abortion ban
 

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Stephen Towne
Stephen Towne Dec 14, 2021 10:32PM ET
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Oh communism
John Doe
ForexInsiders Dec 12, 2021 9:40PM ET
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Only problem here, is the fact that gun rights are protected in complete perpetuity. Abortion is not. This will get cut down quickly. Ignorant, irrational governor.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Dec 12, 2021 9:40PM ET
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"gun rights are protected in complete perpetuity"  -- is it?  US constitution can't be changed?  the fact that the name "second amendment" should tell you it's something that was modified...........
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ForexInsiders Dec 12, 2021 9:40PM ET
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Ignorant statement there. The Bill of Rights are inalienable and shall not be infringed. These are rights that can never be changed as they are considered "god given" and inherent to your ability to chase life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Educate yourself about America, instead of letting Socialists tell you what it is. Because you just made one heck of ignorant statement there.
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Tre Hsi Dec 12, 2021 9:40PM ET
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John Doe  "The Bill of Rights are inalienable and shall not be infringed."  -- that's what they said about the US Constitution, that's why they have what, 27 amendments so far?
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pcg upstate Dec 12, 2021 7:52PM ET
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doesn't he have bigger problems to deal with?
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did you ask the same question to the Texas governor?
 
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