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Gavin Newsome Proposes Gun Control Ballot Initiative In Wake Of Shootings

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

In this photo taken Monday, April 20, 2015, Lt. Gavin Newsom speaks at the Californians for Safety and Justice conference in Sacramento, Calif.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

(AP) - California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom is proposing a 2016 ballot initiative that would ask voters to strengthen the state's gun laws.

It calls for a background check on all ammunition purchases, requiring owners to turn in large capacity assault-style magazines and making gun owners report lost or stolen guns.

The Democrat planned to announce the proposed initiative Thursday in San Francisco.

The proposal also calls for state officials to set up a clear process to make felons who are not allowed to have guns turn in their weapons.

Polls have shown California voters support further restrictions on access to firearms, unlike voters in many other states.

Newsom is a 2018 candidate for governor.