An LGBT gun rights group is firing back at Gavin Newsom over comments he made on social media bashing opposition from the within the transgender community to his gun control push.

Nicki Stallard, a long-time Second Amendment advocate from Fresno, spoke up against Newsom’s sweeping Safety For All voter referendum by saying, “If Gavin Newsom gets this passed, how will transgender women like me be able to protect ourselves?”

Stallard is a member of the Pink Pistols, an inclusive gun rights group founded in 2000 with chapters in 33 states and three countries. Allied with a number of other organizations in the Coalition for Civil Liberties, a group formed to oppose Newsom’s ballot initiative and includes partners as diverse as Jews Can Shoot and the Law Enforcement Alliance of America, Stallard’s message was used online by the campaign.

This drew condemnation from the lieutenant governor Friday, who paints himself as a champion for equality, on his official Facebook page.

“The NRA group in California is using the Trans community to fight our common sense gun safety initiative,” posted Newsom, referencing Stallard’s Coalition for Civil Liberties meme. “Using the Trans community to fight their battle of lies is arguably one of the most disgusting things they’ve ever done.”

The post was not received well, drawing nearly 300 comments, mostly negative and repeatedly calling Newsom transphobic and ill-advised, as well as over 90 “angry” button dislikes, leading to coverage of the online gaffe by the San Diego Gay and Lesbian

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