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Gavin Newsom proposes sweeping gun-control ballot measure

The Mercury News
By Josh Richman

SAN FRANCISCO — Signaling a major gun-rights battle to come, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and a group of activists announced their intention Thursday to put a tough firearms-control measure on California’s ballot next year aimed at requiring background checks for ammunition purchases and forcing gun owners to give up large-capacity magazines.

The move — coming after another round of mass shootings and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s new push for more national gun control — suggests the incendiary issue is moving again to the center of the political debate, after several years of politicians avoiding it.