Under California Senate Bill 1327, Californians will be able to sue those making, selling, transporting or distributing illegal semiautomatic guns and “ghost guns” for up to $10,000 in damages, per weapon in the confines of the state.
“Our message to the criminals spreading illegal weapons in California is simple: you have no safe harbor here in the Golden State,” Newsom said in a statement. “While the Supreme Court rolls back reasonable gun safety measures, California continues adding new ways to protect the lives of our kids. California will use every tool at its disposal to save lives, especially in the face of an increasingly extreme Supreme Court.”
The bill lists a lengthy series of guns, which the state defines as “assault weapons” that include, but are not limited to semiautomatic rifles, shotguns and pistols.
Newsom signed the bill at Santa Monica College, reminding the public of a 2013 mass shooting that killed six people, including the gunman. Newsom said the weapon involved in the shooting was an AR-15-style rifle that was unserialized, also known as a “ghost gun,” that was put together by the gunman.
Such a weapon will now be subject to a lawsuit under the new gun law.
SB 1327 was authored by California Senate Majority Leader Emeritus Bill Hertzberg, who said the bill continues to make California one of the “safest states” in the country.
“For the sake of our children, this is a common sense step toward ensuring California streets, schools and communities continue to be among the safest in the nation,” Senator Hertzberg said Friday.
The Texas law that Newsom not-so-subtly targeted, was Senate Bill 8, which prohibits abortions as soon as six weeks into a pregnancy.
Similar to the law Newsom signed Friday, a lawsuit component may be enacted toward providers and doctors who performing an abortion in the state of Texas.
“We’re using Texas’ perverse abortion law to ACTUALLY save lives,” Newsom said.