June 7, 2021
A bill to introduce new taxes on the sale of weapons and ammunition to fund gun violence prevention programs did not receive the necessary two-thirds majority to be passed in the State Assembly on Thursday.
It would have levied a 10% excise tax on retailers on sales of new handguns and an 11% tax on long guns and ammunition, and raised more than $ 100 million annually for a gun violence prevention program to settle disputes in the community , including such gang members.
The move was also opposed by groups advocating gun owners, including the National Rifle Assn., Who called the bill an unconstitutional attempt to restrict citizens' ability to purchase firearms.
California residents bought more than 1.3 million firearms last year, more than in any of the previous three years.
The members of the Assembly below have voted no.
All Republicans, three from Orange County.
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