Pro-gun activists to hold downtown protest

Posted at 8:41 AM, Jul 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-29 11:41:24-04
SAN DIEGO -- Second Amendment proponents were scheduled to gather Friday in San Diego to draw attention to efforts in California to increase restrictions on guns and ammunition, and to announce the formation of a coalition to oppose a proposition on the November ballot.
The San Diego County Gun Owners, a political action committee promoting Second Amendment rights planned a news conference featuring a group of local elected officials, business owners, and community leaders at the County Administration Center downtown.
They will include a demonstration of how to legally avoid compliance with California's newly expanded assault weapon ban.
"We are calling attention to the aggressive effort to significantly limit or eliminate ownership and the use of firearms and the firearms industry in California in violation of the Second Amendment," said Michael Schwartz, executive director, SDCGO. "Recent gun laws and Proposition 63 are not about public safety and will in no way stop crime."
"Turning law-abiding citizens into criminals with overreaching laws is wrong for California," Schwartz said.
Some of the elected officials expected to attend the news conference include two republican members of the California Assembly along with local city council members from Carlsbad, Coronado, Santee, Vista, La Mesa, Oceanside, San Diego and Imperial Beach.
Representatives from several community groups and businesses, including San Diego County Republican Party, Log Cabin Republicans, Republican Liberty Caucus, and Freedom Fighters Foundation were scheduled to attend.
Speakers at the event will voice opposition to Prop. 63, backed by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democratic candidate for governor in 2018. If passed, the ballot measure, billed as "Safety for All" by supporters, would tighten California's already tough gun control laws by requiring background checks to buy ammunition, and outlaw possession of normal capacity ammunition magazines.
San Diego County Gun Owners, founded in 2015, is a registered political action committee and advocacy organization focused on organizing the gun industry and community and protecting the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment right to bear arms.