California Governor Signs Gun and Ammo Tax Law

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( – On Tuesday, September 26, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed a new law to increase taxation on ammunition and guns in order to fund additional school safety measures in the state.

The new law would add another 11 percent tax on guns and ammunition, doubling the existing federal tax which is set to either 10 or 11 percent depending on the type of firearm being purchased. The additional revenues from the program would be used for funding violence prevention programs and increasing public school security.

In a statement, Newsom noted that “radical judges” were continuing to rule against rules that help increase safety, but that California would continue to push for effective gun safety laws which have been proven to work. He said the data conclusively shows their effectiveness, which is why in California the gun death rate is 43 percent lower than it is across the country. The new laws would help further increase safety for families and communities in the state, according to him.

The legislation, AB 28, has been described as the first attempt at generating $160 million annually which will be used for funding gun violence intervention programs and school safety. The initiatives funded through this program are intended to help remove guns from the hands of domestic abusers and prevent school shootings.

Newsom has signed several gun reform bills, including one that altered the state’s rules regarding concealed carry, which will ban people from carrying firearms in most public places where alcohol is being sold. A different law signed mandates that all semi automatic pistols sold within the state will have a microstamping technology from July 1, 2028 onward.

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