Just after Texas shooting, California Senate passes Texas-style bill targeting assault weapons, ghost guns

Shortly after the nation’s latest mass shooting, which killed at least 18 children at an elementary school in Texas, the California Senate passed a bill Tuesday to allow private citizens to file suit for at least $10,000 — a bounty-hunter provision modeled on a Texas abortion law — against makers or sellers of untraceable ghost guns or illegal assault weapons.

“We do have some of the toughest gun laws in the country,” Sen. Anthony Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge (Los Angeles County), told his colleagues amid news of the slaughter inside an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. But public enforcement of those laws has not been enough to protect Californians against the “new wave of weapons,” he said, and private lawsuits would create “an incentive to get these dangerous weapons off the street.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the 18-year-old gunman, who was carrying a handgun and possibly a rifle, was also killed.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom quickly raised the gun-control issue. “Another shooting. And the GOP won’t do a damn thing about it,” Newsom tweeted several hours after the shooting. We need nationwide, comprehensive, commonsense gun safety NOW.”