Gun control initiative in California qualifies for November ballot

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Friday, June 24, 2016

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A gun control initiative in California has enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. It's been dubbed "The Safety for All Act of 2016."

It requires background checks for bullet buyers, a ban on possessing ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds and requires lost or stolen firearms and ammunition to be reported to law enforcement.

"The Safety for All initiative will save lives by making it much harder for dangerous people to get guns and ammunition in California," said its author, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a 2018 candidate for governor.

Opponents plan to campaign against the initiative.

Passage of the initiative would result in increased state costs related to regulating ammunition sales, likely offset by various regulatory fees authorized by the measure, according to an analysis conducted by the Legislative Analyst's Office and Department of Finance.

Many similar proposals have been made in legislation by lawmakers hoping to avoid the issue going to voters.

City News Service contributed to this report.