Posted BY: | NwoReport
California has recently taken a controversial step towards imposing hefty taxes on firearms and ammunition. The state’s legislators have approved a new law introducing an 11-percent tax on all weapons and ammo transactions. This tax, if enacted, would make guns significantly more expensive in California compared to other states, essentially creating a state-level tax that mirrors the highest federal tax on firearms.
The revenue generated from this tax would be allocated to school safety programs and California’s gun violence prevention initiatives to improve overall public safety. Supporters of the law argue that it is a necessary step to protect children and provide mental health care in school districts, emphasizing the importance of not letting politics obstruct such efforts.
However, the bill’s fate is uncertain, as it awaits the decision of California’s progressive Governor, Gavin Newsom. Newsom has previously advocated for a 28th Amendment to the Constitution to ban assault weapons and implement mandatory waiting periods for gun purchases. His spokesperson said he would evaluate the bill on its merits, leaving room for further deliberation.
Opponents of the tax, including Chuck Michel, president of the California Rifle and Pistol Association, argue that it is akin to a poll tax and an infringement on the constitutional right to bear arms. They intend to challenge the policy in court, emphasizing their belief that such a tax is unjust.
California already has some of the strictest gun laws in the United States. If this tax is implemented, it would further distinguish the state as having one of the most financially burdensome environments for gun ownership among its peers with restrictive gun laws. The debate over this legislation reflects the ongoing tension between gun control advocates and proponents of Second Amendment rights in the state.