BREAKING: Democrats Adding New 28th Amendment
Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat from California, has put forth a proposition to amend the Constitution in order to address concerns surrounding gun rights. Frustrated by the lack of progress in implementing gun control measures, Newsom presented the proposed 28th Amendment on Thursday, which aims to introduce “common-sense” gun safety regulations that he claims enjoy broad bipartisan support.
According to Fox, in his announcement, Newsom emphasized that the Constitution itself allows for the pursuit of a more perfect union. He proposes the 28th Amendment to incorporate sensible gun safety measures that are “widely supported” by Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and even gun owners. What a joke. At the same time, he emphasizes that this amendment would respect the Second Amendment and the long-standing tradition of gun ownership in America.
Newsom’s proposal follows a series of court victories for gun rights activists, including a significant Supreme Court decision last year that invalidated a century-old New York law making it difficult to obtain a concealed carry license. The governor’s proposed 28th Amendment does not seek to abolish the Second Amendment, which guarantees the right to bear arms for personal self-defense. However, it does propose raising the minimum age for firearm purchase from 18 to 21, implementing universal background checks, establishing waiting periods for gun purchases, and prohibiting “assault weapons.”
Furthermore, Newsom’s amendment would confirm that Congress, as well as state and local governments, possess the authority to enact additional gun control measures. Amending the Constitution is possible through either congressional action or a convention of states as outlined in Article V.
To pass a proposed amendment, Congress requires a two-thirds majority in both the House and Senate, followed by ratification by the states. Given the current political landscape with Republicans controlling the House and a slim Democratic majority in the Senate, it is highly unlikely that a constitutional amendment restricting gun rights would gain enough support to pass through Congress.
Thus, Newsom suggests convening an Article V convention of states to draft and consider his proposed amendment. For such a convention to take place, two-thirds of the state legislatures must pass a resolution calling for it. If the convention approves the proposed amendment, it would then be sent back to the state legislatures for ratification. Ultimately, three-fourths of the states must ratify the amendment for it to become part of the Constitution, a challenging task that has been accomplished only 27 times in U.S. history.
Newsom plans to rally grassroots support and advocate for other state legislatures to endorse an Article V convention. His office’s news release includes statements of support from California lawmakers in the state Assembly and Senate. However, gun rights groups have swiftly condemned Newsom’s proposal, viewing it as an assault on the Second Amendment.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) issued a statement characterizing Newsom’s proposition as another attention-seeking act, expressing concern about his disregard for the right to self-defense and attributing California’s high violence rates to his policies. The Gun Owners of America (GOA) also voiced opposition to the proposal, warning that it reveals the true intentions of anti-gun advocates and pledging to safeguard the Second Amendment rights of all Americans.