Gavin Newsom is expected to sign a bill this week that would prohibit gun purchases in California unless someone is licensed to possess or carry a firearm.
According to the legislation, “A licensed firearms dealer who does not have a license or a background check program, who is engaged in business with a licensed firearms manufacturer or dealer and who fails to conduct a background review of any prospective purchaser shall not be able to purchase or receive a firearm.”
The legislation has the support of California gun owners, including former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who last month wrote an open letter to Newsom in support of the bill, according to the Associated Press.
The bill is expected on the November ballot.
In the letter, Kaepernick argued that, “When you have an American dream, it means no more gun control.”
According to a Newsom spokesman, the governor supports a national background check system and a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, as well as gun trafficking, which Newsom previously signed into law.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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