The Buzz: Tim Donnelly in 'heaven' at Stockton gun store

February 13, 2014 

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, left, a Republican candidate for governor, checks a rifle at a Stockton gun shop Tuesday. He was critical of paperwork required to lawfully buy a gun.

DAVID SIDERS — dsiders@sacbee.com

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Donnelly draws a bead

on his signature issue

Tim Donnelly found his paradise at a gun store Tuesday.

“I feel like I’ve died and gone to heaven,” the Republican candidate for governor said as he walked in.

At the counter, among the firearms and mounted animal heads at Outdoor Sportsman in Stockton, the Twin Peaks assemblyman handled a 12-gauge shotgun and admired an antique rifle. “Oh, my God,” he said.

Donnelly shook his head when he saw a customer filling out paperwork required to buy a gun in California. “Look at all the paperwork you’ve got to do to exercise your Second Amendment rights,” he said.

It wasn’t until Donnelly introduced himself to the store owner, Eric Johnston, that the candidate’s own history with guns came up. Donnelly pleaded no contest in 2012 to two misdemeanor gun charges related to the discovery of a loaded firearm in his carry-on bag at Ontario International Airport. Donnelly told Johnston that all the press surrounding that incident may be beneficial.

“If you’re a single-issue voter on the gun issue,” Donnelly said, “you have now had my message communicated to you very effectively.”

– David Siders

Worth repeating

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