There is a renewed push underway in the State Capitol to create stricter gun control laws.
“America’s love affair with firearms has got to end,” Senator Hannah Beth-Jackson said.
Democratic state lawmakers unveiled their newest effort Monday to stop gun violence.
It’s a group of senators and assembly members tasked with creating new laws to help prevent a future mass shooting.
The announcement was made alongside former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who was shot in the head during an assassination attempt in 2011.
“Now is the time to come together, be responsible,” Giffords said. “Democrats, Republicans, everyone, we must never stop fighting.”
Democratic lawmakers say a lack of action in Congress is prompting the renewed gun control effort especially in the aftermath of recent mass shootings at a Florida High School and a bar in Thousand Oaks, California.
“We must send a message to the Republican-controlled Senate and the gun-panderer- in-chief, if you will not act, California will lead the nation on this issue,” Anthony J. Portantino said.
Democratic lawmakers say they feel more empowered to introduce new gun bills under Governor Gavin Newsom than they did under Governor Brown.
“At the end of session, there were a number of gun violence prevention measures that Governor Brown vetoed, I think there was a lot of disappointment among members,” Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel said. “Now we have this bold and ambitious new governor he is very clearly interested in pushing the envelope on good public policy.”
Democrats say an invitation to join the gun prevention group was extended across party lines but as of Monday – no Republican lawmakers have accepted the offer.
The deadline for new legislation to be introduced is Feb. 22.