Describing background checks for ammo sales as, “The next battle against you guys,” California’s Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom threw down a challenge to the head of National Rifle Association.
“Why are you so offended by this? Why don’t you engage me directly instead of wasting our time through social media,” says Newsom in the above video, calling out the storm of tweets that has been directed by the organization against his Prop. 63 “Safety For All” ballot initiative that would install a host of changes to the state’s gun laws.
Among the changes would be strict ammunition sales guidelines that would restrict internet sales unless delivered to licensed gun dealers and mandate background checks for each box sold over the counter.
“We’re going to take it to the next level–it’s time for background checks, not just on guns–closing those gun show loopholes which you vacuously are opposed to, which is stunning, honestly, embarrassingly stunning,” said Newsom. “But also treating ammunition like we do guns. That’s the next battle against you guys.”
In an alert released through the Safety For All campaign, Newsom repeats his call and offers to take on the NRA’s executive vice president and CEO in “At least one one-on-one, hour-long debate – or even a series of debates across California – no pre-screened questions and no gas-bag answers.”
LaPierre earlier this year offered to debate President Obama on the subject of gun control “with a mutual agreed upon moderator on any network that will take it.”
No word if Leeland Yee will be available to moderate.