Largest California Police Union Joins Opposition To Gun Restriction Bill

Connor D. Wolf | Reporter

The largest state law enforcement union in California announced its opposition Monday to a plan that would restrict gun rights, dubbed the Safety For All Act. It is not good news for Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the plan’s leading proponent.

The act would require background checks for purchasing ammunition and outlaw large capacity weapons.The California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA) joined the coalition Monday out of concern the proposal will actually reduces public safety. The Coalition for Civil Liberties has been at the forefront of opposition to the proposal.

“It’s telling that California’s law enforcement experts are overwhelmingly critical of Newsom’s proposal,” Coalition Co-Chair Chuck Michel said in a statement. “They’re the ones risking their lives every day and have a unique vantage point on what it takes to keep our streets safe. We should be listening to them, not politicians out to promote their own personal interest.”

Newsom introduced the proposal Oct. 15 and has since been collecting signatures to qualify it for the November ballot. He has argued the act is a much needed step to help ensure public safety. The coalition accused Newsom of exploiting the San Bernardino terrorist attack to push the reforms, reports the Los Angeles Times.

“There will always be certain groups who follow the NRA and automatically oppose all common-sense reforms to reduce gun violence,” LG Spokesman Dan Newman told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “But most Californians – including many in law enforcement – support Newsom’s initiative to keep guns and ammo from dangerous people.”

Newman added the coalition exemplified its lack of seriousness when denouncing Newsom for not attending a recent legislative hearing. Newsom at the time was attending a memorial service honoring fallen police officers.

CCPOA joins several other prominent groups opposed to the proposal. The Association of Deputy District Attorneys of Los Angeles, Law Enforcement Action Network and San Francisco Veteran Police Officer Association are among the nine organizations to join the coalition thus far.

A total of 14 people were killed Dec. 2 in San Bernardino by a terrorist gunman. The attack occurred during a holiday gathering at the Inland Regional Center. Newsom did not respond to a request for comment by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

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