“Veto Gunmageddon”, a California group aimed to repeal seven pending anti-gun laws, says that they are going to fall short on the number of signatures needed to overturn the anti-gun laws.
San Diego businessman Barry Bahrami began the project back in July hoping to rally California’s 13 million gun owners to his cause. Bahrami filed paperwork with the California Secretary of State’s office to put six referendums on the ballot in November to repeal a package of gun control laws.
The plan was to collect 465,000 signatures of registered voters to reach the required 365,000 needed by law. The goal had to be met by September 29.
Bahrami announced that despite having roughly 700 signing locations in the state, the amount of signatures would not be high enough to reach the goal.
“It is with disappointment that I must now report to you it appears we will not obtain the minimum signatures required to get these referenda on the ballot. We had six short weeks to get so many signatures and we all know what an improbable job it was,” Bahrami said in a Facebook post.
He said that those people involved should look towards a possible initiative for the 2018 ballot to protect gun owner’s rights.
The campaign failed to reach the numbers needed by several hundred thousand. Only 138,763 signatures were collected to repeal SB 880, which bans the sale of semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines and does away with bullet buttons.
Even though these numbers are not completely tallied group organizers said that they still will not meet the threshold.
Bahrami said that interest among gun owners was not high enough for them to make the effort to sign the petition and get the gun control laws repealed.
If the referenda qualified they would have suspended the new laws until voters acted on each ballot measure.
Bahrami told Guns.com that they are now focused on defeating a new gun control initiative that is funded by large donors and the state Democratic Party
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “Safety for All” gun control initiative is on the November ballot as Prop. 63.
“We must now defeat proposition 63 just to make a statement that we are relevant and we are coming to take our rights back,” he told guns.com “We saw how little time really hurt us with the referenda and this focus is taking away from the effort needed to defeat Prop 63 in November.”