California bill amended to ‘immediate’ impose excise tax on handguns

California Assembly Bill 1221 was amended in the Senate last week to impose an “immediate” excise tax on handguns, rifles and ammunition, if it becomes law.

AB 1221, titled the Gun Violence Prevention, Healing, and Recovery Act, would also impose an excise tax on parts of gun kits that Democrats call “ghost gun” kits.

The text of AB 1221 says:

Current legislation imposes various taxes, including taxes on the privilege of engaging in certain activities. The Fee Collection Procedures Act, violation of which is a crime, provides procedures for the collection of certain fees and surcharges.

This bill, the Gun Violence Prevention, Healing, and Recovery Act, would impose, effective July 1, 2023, and subject to credit as specified, an excise tax in the amount of 10% of the price sale of a handgun and 11% of the sale price of a long gun, rifle, firearm precursor and ammunition, as specified. The tax would be collected by the State in accordance with the law on the procedures for the collection of royalties. The bill would require revenues collected to be deposited into the Gun Violence Prevention, Healing and Recovery Fund, which the bill would establish within the state treasury.

AB 1221’s Democratic sponsors also use the bill’s text to argue that implementing an excise tax is ‘unlikely’ to hurt gun, ammunition and parts sales. ‘fire arms :

The tax specified in this law is a modest and reasonable excise tax on vendors whose legal and legitimate business activity still imposes enormous harmful externalities on California families, communities and taxpayers. The modest tax proposed in this measure mirrors the federal Pittman-Robertson excise tax on other firearms and ammunition industry participants and is also unlikely to discourage lawful firearms sales and trade. , ammunition or precursor parts of firearms.

The new taxation of firearms, ammunition and parts would add to the myriad of gun controls that already exist in California. Everytown for Gun Safety, affiliated with Michael Bloomberg, ranks California first for “strength of gun law.”

For example, California has universal background checks, an “assault weapons” ban, a “high capacity” magazine ban, a 10-day waiting period for gun purchases, a red flag law, gun registration requirements, a “good cause” requirement for issuance of a concealed carry permit, ban on carrying a gun on a college campus for self-defense, prohibition for K-12 teachers to be armed on campus for class defense, requirement for background checks to purchase ammunition, and limiting the number of weapons a law-abiding citizen can purchase in a given month, among other checks.

Following the April 3, 2022 shooting that left six people dead in Sacramento, the Sacramento bee observed that California has “107 different gun control laws,” none of which prevent committed attackers from opening fire on innocent people in the state.

Investigators search for evidence in the area of ​​a mass shooting in Sacramento, California. April 3, 2022. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

the Bee noted, “But what else can California lawmakers do to restrict guns that they haven’t already done—and ensure their laws survive the inevitable challenge from Second Amendment advocates?”

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