California: Ask Assembly Member to Oppose AB 1223 Gun Tax
On June 3, Assembly Bill 1223, the gun tax bill, was defeated on the floor when it did not receive the 2/3 of votes necessary for tax bills to pass the Assembly. After failing, the bill was granted reconsideration and is currently still alive through procedural maneuvering. It's imperative that you continue to contact your Assembly Member to oppose this legislation!
The Assembly Appropriations Committee passed Assembly Bill 1223 with an amendment to remove the provision designating the Cal VIP program as the recipient of funds. It places an excise tax of 10% on the sales price of a handgun, and places an 11% excise tax on the sales price on all long guns, rifles, firearm precursor parts and ammunition. These taxes are to be collected from California retailers on new firearms sold, and on their retail sales of ammunition. It is unjust to saddle law-abiding gun owners with special taxes. Such a measure makes it more expensive for law-abiding citizens to exercise a constitutional right, and discourages them from practicing to be safe and proficient with their firearms for purposes such as self-defense, competition, and hunting.countable for their actions are the same ones who continue to harass law-abiding gun owners.