California lieutenant governor to propose gun control ballot initiative in wake of shootings

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is proposing a 2016 ballot initiative that would strengthen the state’s gun laws.

Today Newsom will propose eliminating the stockpile of now-banned large-capacity magazines with 11 rounds or more, requiring background checks for ammunition purchases and reporting lost or stolen guns.

The proposal also would require felons to give up their weapons and require California officials to notify the federal instant criminal background check system when someone is added to the database of people prohibited from purchasing firearms.

If adopted, California would become the first state in the nation to require background checks at the point of sale for ammunition. There are other states that require purchasers to obtain licenses and go through background checks ahead of time.

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