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Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom proposes gun control initiative for California

By Carolyn Johnson

SAN FRANCISCO — California’s Lt. Governor announced a package of gun control measures on Thursday he hopes to put on the 2016 ballot.

Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom said he believes the measures will help close loopholes in state laws. Newsom made his announcement at the scene of the worst mass shooting in San Francisco that happened more than two decades ago.

Newsom and his supporters hope to side step the gun lobby’s influence on lawmakers by asking voters to approve five new gun control measures. One would prohibit the possession of large capacity magazines, and another would require background checks for ammunition sales.