- California Gov. Gavin Newsom has renewed calls for stricter gun control measures following a mass shooting in Monterey Park.
- The suspected attacker used a modified pistol.
- California has already passed several laws to reduce gun violence, and Newsom is urging Congress to take action and pass meaningful gun control legislation.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has renewed his calls for stricter gun control measures following the mass shooting at a dance hall in Monterey Park on Saturday that killed at least 11 people and injured nine others.
Speaking to CBS Evening News near the scene of the tragedy, Newsom decried how common these tragedies have become and blasted the Second Amendment, calling it a “suicide pact.” He clarified that he has “no ideological opposition” against people who “responsibly” own guns and get background checks and training on how to use them.
Authorities say the suspected attacker, who later died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound as investigators closed in, used a modified pistol.
Newsom said California will continue implementing gun control measures as the data supports that approach. He noted that the state has already passed several laws to reduce gun violence, including a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, as well as a requirement for background checks for all gun purchases.
The governor said he is committed to doing whatever it takes to prevent future tragedies, noting that “everything about this is infuriating.” He urged Congress to take action and pass meaningful gun control legislation.