The debate between California’s two candidates is over gun control

Newsom trades barbs with Dahle in California’s only 2022 gubernatorial debate

With California’s gubernatorial election just over two months away, Democratic candidate Gavin Newsom, the lieutenant governor, announced his opponent in the race, California Attorney General candidate Xavier Becerra, on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2018, during a debate in Burlingame. After nearly a year on the campaign trail, Becerra has been more focused than ever on the issues, particularly the economy. “We have to think about how to build a business-friendly future for the state,” said Becerra, a former state controller who has not run for statewide office since his first, unsuccessful run against Democrat Jerry Brown in 2012. Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle Buy photo Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Newsom trades barbs with Dahle in California’s only 2022 gubernatorial debate 1 / 1 Back to Gallery

The race for California governor is in its final month, and two candidates – Gavin Newsom of San Francisco and Xavier Becerra of Los Angeles – are trading barbs in the final debate on Aug. 15.

The issue of gun control is at the center of the exchange, as well as other national issues of the day.

Newsom, the lieutenant governor, has been running a more aggressive campaign than his rival, Democratic attorney general candidate Xavier Becerra.

During the debate, Newsom made headlines by saying, “I would like to see a state law to require a background check,” to determine whether buyers could buy guns. It was an apparent reference to the fact that California currently requires buyers to undergo a background check when they buy ammunition and gun parts at gun shows, but not for private transactions.

“The people who sell them to law-abiding citizens, the people who sell ammo and gun parts to law-abiding citizens, should be required to undergo a background check,” said Newsom, who is in his fourth term as governor.

The debate, the third scheduled as part of a series of three debates for the candidates, was held at San Francisco State University’s Seawell Auditorium.

Becerra, a former state controller and candidate for lieutenant governor in 2012, has been focused on the economy for much of the campaign. He has put the most emphasis on issues involving job creation and the future state budget.

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