Newsom’s Anti-Gun Amendment Crashes And Burns

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – Since being unveiled one year ago, California Governor Gavin Newsom’s (D) plan to limit gun rights through the passage of a 28th amendment in the U.S. Constitution has gained no national traction.

Despite being enthusiastic about a 28th Amendment in 2023, not a single state has agreed to Newsom’s call for a Constitutional convention, which is the requirement to amend the Constitution.

On Sunday, Newsom dismissed the noticeable lack of progress as typical for an amendment, suggesting it could take decades before the Amendment gained momentum.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Newsom claimed, “No one was naive about this,” adding that while there was precedent for the passage of an amendment to the Constitution, it certainly hadn’t been done “recently.”

Newsom also claimed the 28th Amendment would have “its fits and starts” and “champions” and “setbacks.”

The L.A. Times explained that Newsom’s office had reached out to several Democrat and Republican state legislatures to encourage a convention of states but didn’t specify which states.

Newsom has also recently visited Oregon, Idaho, and Washington and worked on issues with these states since launching the 28th Amendment.

However, none have reported speaking to Newsom about the Amendment.

Democratic State Senator Melissa Wintrow, the minority leader in Idaho, revealed she hadn’t spoken to Newsom and wasn’t aware of anyone who had.

She added that the “political climate” made it impossible to pursue a convention, adding that their GOP counterparts “would laugh” at the idea.

The purpose of the 28th Amendment, which Newsom launched in 2023, is to combat gun violence. Newsom purports the Amendment will do this by raising the minimum age for purchase to 21, implementing a waiting period for gun purchases, and mandating universal background checks, among other proposed gun control measures.

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