Sheriffs oppose ballot initiative

The California State Sheriffs’ Association has announced its opposition to a proposed ballot initiative

Unfortunately, this measure would do little to prevent the criminal element from acquiring guns and ammunition via the black market or through theft. Instead, it would place additional restrictions on law abiding citizens who wish to purchase ammunition for sporting or hunting use, retain guns and magazines that are currently legal for them to possess, and pass historical or family heirloom guns down to their next generation. Effectively, this measure will create a new class of criminals out of those that already comply with common sense practices that now exist.

The focus of efforts to reduce gun violence in this state should be on those responsible for that violence, not those that have no intent to do harm.

The initiative titled “Safety for All Act of 2016” is sponsored by California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.

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