SACRAMENTO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he wants to empower private citizens to enforce a ban on the manufacture and sale of assault weapons in the state.

Newsom’s proposal is similar to a Texas law that outlaws abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday allowed Texas’ abortion law to stay in effect while it is challenged in court.

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Saturday, Newsom said he would use the same idea to enforce a ban on the manufacture and sale of assault weapons in California.

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Republican state Sen. Brian Dahle dismissed Newsom’s proposal as grandstanding for a possible run for president.

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