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California governor wants Texas-like law to ban assault guns

<i>Sarah Reingewirtz/MediaNews Group/Los Angeles Daily News/Getty Images</i><br/>Gov. Gavin Newsom
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Gov. Gavin Newsom

By ADAM BEAM
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he wants to empower private citizens to enforce a ban on the manufacture and sale of assault weapons in the state. Newsom’s proposal is similar to a Texas law that outlaws abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday allowed Texas’ abortion law to stay in effect while it is challenged in court. Saturday, Newsom said he would use the same idea to enforce a ban on the manufacture and sale of assault weapons in California. Republican state Sen. Brian Dahle dismissed Newsom’s proposal as grandstanding for a possible run for president.

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