Anti-gun California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who rode into office partly as a crusader for restrictive gun laws, has placed a moratorium on the death penalty, which can actually only be repealed by voters, according to NPR.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has placed a moratorium on capital punishment in the state. (Snip, KQED, YouTube)
This comes weeks after the freshman governor had indicated he would be more favorable to expanding gun restrictions than his predecessor, Jerry Brown. Newsom has a history of being anti-gun-rights, but with the moratorium he opened himself up for criticism that he is pro-criminal.
According to NPR, there are currently 737 people on Death Row in California, and so long as Newsom remains in office, they get a reprieve.
The Los Angeles Times recalled that Newsom was the architect of Proposition 63, a gun control effort that was opposed by the National Rifle Association and other gun rights organizations. Not long after taking office, the newspaper said that Newsom had “already moved to significantly reduce the number of Californians with firearms.”
The far left governor was described as “a
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