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Initiative seeks to tighten California's strict gun laws

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's lieutenant governor wants to ask voters to further tighten some of the strictest gun laws in the nation.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a ballot initiative Thursday that could make California the only state in the nation to require background checks at the point of ammunition sales. New York passed such a law, but it suspended that plan several months ago.

Newsom's measure comes in the wake of high-profile killings nationwide.

He says "stuff doesn't just have to happen" in response to comments by Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush about a mass shooting on an Oregon college campus.

National Rifle Association spokeswoman Amy Hunter says Newsom's effort seeks to chip away at Second Amendment rights.

The initiative for the November 2016 ballot also seeks to ban the possession of large-capacity magazines.

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