A San Diego tech executive wants to send the question of a half dozen new gun control bills signed into law by Gov. Brown to the people and is asking gun owners to get involved.
Barry Bahrami is the CEO of Commercial Network Services, a San Diego-based company that operates webcams and streams live video feeds, and he filed paperwork with the California Secretary of State’s office on Friday to put six referendums on the ballot in November to repeal the new legislative package signed by Brown weeks ago.
Bahrami needs the help of California’s estimated 13 million gun owners to get the ball rolling and he needs it fast. Relying on social media through Facebook and Twitter to get his VetoGunmageddon campaign moving, the businessman needs to get the signatures of 365,000 registered voters on each of the six petitions in just over two months to get them on the ballot but can’t start collecting them until the state issues a title for each.
“We intend to leverage all the gun stores in our state to get the bulk of the petitions signed as fast as possible,” the campaign says. “Petitions will also be available for download.”
Set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2017, the new anti-gun laws will require background checks for ammunition purchases, ban the sale of semiautomatic rifles that use a bullet button to detach a magazine without disassembling the gun, ban grandfathered detachable magazines holding more than 10 rounds and others.
During the legislative process for the measures, muscled through the Capitol by Sen. President Kevin de Leon, gun rights advocates branded the package of proposals Gunmageddon.
Bahrami has until Sept. 29 to turn in enough signatures for his referendums to qualify for the ballot, where they will compete against Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Prop. 63 “Safety for All” initiative that aims to establish even more gun regulations.
Newsom’s referendum spent more than $1.3 million to bring in a nationwide petition management firm based in Los Angeles whose past clients helped push expanded background checks on gun sales in Washington state and anti-hunting agendas in Maine.
Guns.com has reached out to Bahrami for more information about his efforts.