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California gubernatorial candidate introduces gun safety ballot initiative

By Emma Margolin

In an effort to circumvent the national gun lobby’s reach and “go directly to the public,” California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom – who is running for governor of the Golden State – on Thursday announced a sweeping proposal for next year’s ballot that could potentially set a gold standard for enacting gun control.

“If we continue to fight the National Rifle Association on their home court, which is the legislative front, I think we’ll continue to be frustrated,” the rising Democratic star said in a phone interview with MSNBC Thursday. “But when you have an ability to go directly to the public, that’s a completely different field of engagement, and I think the NRA is not adept at that kind of engagement. They are significantly hindered because public opinion is not with them.”