The state Senate on Wednesday approved a measure to amend the U.S. Constitution to spread California gun control mandates coast to coast.
The Democrat-controlled body easily passed Senate Joint Resolution 7 in a 24-11 partisan roll call, sending it to the California Assembly for likely concurrence. The measure is the first legislative step to the adoption of a U.S. Constitutional amendment, calling for a rare Convention of States to study the proposal. 
California Gov. Gavin Newsom, often seen as a dark horse Democratic candidate for President, debuted his plan for a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution earlier this year. While leaving the 2nd Amendment in the document, Newsom's addition would permanently enshrine universal background checks, waiting periods on all gun purchases, raise the federal minimum age to purchase a firearm from 18 to 21, and, in his words, ban "civilian purchase of assault weapons."
Newsom, taking an incredibly early victory lap, said on Wednesday, "Today we are one step closer to safer communities in all 50 states."
Should SJR 7 pass the Assembly and be signed by Newsom, a minimum of 33 other states would need to join the call to convene such a Constitutional Convention and 38 states – three-fourths – would eventually have to ratify any proposed amendment to add it to the Constitution. That is an uphill fight when just 20 or so states are considered "Blue" and at least 27 states have adopted open carry laws. 
The state convention process has never successfully been used to amend the Constitution, although there have been numerous failed attempts.

Other gun control on deck

Besides SJR 7, the California Senate on Wednesday passed AB-1089 in a 32-6 vote, sending it to Newsom's desk. The measure expands the state's ban on private citizens making firearms with CNC milling machines or 3D printers, in some instances going as far as to ban the simple possession of such devices. 
The Senate is also ready for final floor votes on a whole raft of Assembly-approved anti-gun bills that would add an extra 11 percent tax on all guns, parts, and ammunition (AB-28), allow the state Attorney General to increase the fees for background checks on ammo sales (AB-135), bar law enforcement agencies from selling off surplus guns, ammo, and body armor (AB-733), and require credit card issuers in the state to use controversial Merchant Category Codes to track gun and ammo retailers (AB-1587).
Banner image: A non-California compliant FN 545 Tactical pistol in .45 ACP with an 18+1 round capacity, red-dot-ready slide, and a crisp trigger. (Photo: Chris Eger/

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