California’s gun laws are under attack from an outside group that wants the law overturned and for gun control groups to be allowed to collect signatures to force the ballot measure to be approved.
Supporters of a gun control measure backed by President Donald Trump, California’s Democratic governor and some Democrats in Congress are targeting the state’s laws as an example of the failed war on guns.
Lawmakers in both chambers are expected to take up legislation this week to overturn or delay the measure.
The measure, which has drawn opposition from gun control advocates, would set the minimum age for gun ownership to 21 and ban people from being able to purchase a gun unless they are a convicted felon.
It would also allow licensed gun owners to carry concealed weapons in public without a permit.
The measure also calls for a state audit of all gun sales and ammunition purchases.
California’s governor, Gavin Newsom, has said that the state is ready to do whatever it takes to curb gun violence.
California law already allows for some gun owners and people with concealed carry permits to carry firearms in public.
Gun control advocates say the measure is unnecessary, since most gun crimes in the state are committed with other weapons, not guns.