California gun-control votes trigger recall attempts

by Josh Richman, Mercury News  |  published on October 25, 2013

Tim Knight, Tim Donnelly, Jennifer Kerns
SACRAMENTO — Emboldened by the recall of two Colorado lawmakers last month, California gun-rights activists within a few weeks will be collecting petition signatures to kick several state lawmakers out of office, the activists announced Thursday.

Free California, a nonprofit founded by a Republican strategist who was involved in the Colorado recalls and who is now the spokeswoman for Assemblyman Tim Donnelly’s campaign for governor, held a news conference with Donnelly and others Thursday on the steps of the state Capitol. Named as potential targets were state Sens. Norma Torres, D-Chino, and Ben Hueso, D-Chula Vista; Assemblywomen Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, and Sharon Quirk-Silva, D-Fullerton; and Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles.

Free California founder Jennifer Kerns later Thursday said the list may change but should be finalized in about two weeks. Then “we’ll get to work immediately on collecting signatures” from holiday-season shoppers, she said.

“Based upon the reaction of the people in California, we can’t not do it,” she said. “We have to listen to the people.”

Kerns said her group is picking targets who actively supported 12 gun-control bills, including SB374, which would have added all semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines to the state’s list of banned assault weapons, and AB711, which will ban lead ammunition in hunting by 2019. Earlier this month, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the former but signed the latter into law.

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