Today, March 13, it was announced that Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-9) will be introducing legislation to tax firearms and ammunition, requiring gun owners in the Golden State to foot the bill for additional school counselors and safety officers. As previously reported, the bill introduction deadline has passed and legislators are “gutting and amending” bills that have already been introduced. It is anticipated that Assembly Bill 2497 will be the vehicle, currently pertaining to “California Agriculture Day.” At this time language on the bill is not yet available, however a recent LA Times Article, written by Patrick McGreevy covers the looming proposal.
Gun owners already pay an 11% federal excise tax on all firearms and ammunition to help fund conservation and wildlife efforts through the Pittman-Robertson Act, in addition to applicable state and local taxes. The NRA supports strengthening school security, however it is unjust to saddle gun owners with additional taxes to fund programs that should be of concern to all Californians.
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