They couldn't persuade Governor Jerry Brown to reject a wide-ranging package of gun control bills, so now pro-gun advocates want to take their message to the ballot box.

At a press conference on the west steps of the state Capitol building the recall effort was announced. Jennifer Kerns a GOP strategist says similar recall efforts have worked in other states.

"We just had two victories in the state of Colorado where we ran successful recall elections against similar legislators who voted for similar gun bills in that state," Kerns said.

In an email effort, a California Democratic Party spokesman has dismissed the recall push as a publicity stunt.

Tenoch Flores called the recall push, "a ploy to boost Tim Donnelly's upstart campaign for governor."