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The Lieut. Governor of California Wants to Raise the Bar for Gun Control

Editor in chief Richard Bradley sat down with the Honorable Gavin Newsom to discuss gun safety, the House sit-in and California’s initiative to make this country a safer place

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RB: Talking about security, let’s move from cybersecurity to physical security. We’re speaking not too long after the shootings in Orlando. As we speak, there is a sit-in on the floor of the House in Washington about gun control. Do you see that debate actually moving? Do you see something actually coming out of that?

GN: I think there was a bipartisan, quote unquote, “agreement,” at least, to present a modicum of progress and modest improvement of the status quo, but it’s pretty negligible. We had more than 76 people in the last 72 hours who were gunned down and killed. It’s become so normalized…. You can’t deal with just simple background checks? Simple background checks? And close the gun show and the internet loophole? Then I have no expectation that they’ll do anything in Washington.

RB: Obviously you’re running for governor. Are there things that you can do here in the state of California? Or that you are doing or you’d like to do that might make a difference?

GN: California has been a leader. Since we led the nation in terms of gun safety regulation and gun safety policy, we’ve seen a 56 percent decline in gun-related incidences. It works.

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As a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, then as mayor of San Francisco, and now as lieutenant governor of California, Gavin Newsom has been a visionary on issues of equality, the environment, homelessness and healthcare.

Worth hosted its Safety & Security Summit on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at The Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco. #WorthSafetySecurity

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