Submitted by The Machine Gun Nest (TMGN, emphasis ours),
California lawmakers have used a legislative technique known as “gut-and-amend” to revive and fast-track a tax on firearms and ammunition. On May 5th, the California State Assembly ‘gutted’ the contents of an unrelated bill (AB-1227) aimed at building energy efficiency, and amended it with language reviving a long-failed firearm and ammunition excise tax which, if passed , would be effective immediately as an “urgency statute.”
According to the new language, ” The year 2020 saw an unprecedented surge in firearm and ammunition sales across the nation, and this trend has continued into 2021.” They say that the tax is needed because ” This surge in firearm and ammunition sales and profits has occurred alongside an unprecedented nationwide spike in shootings and gun homicides. ” Seemingly conflating legal gun sales with crime and violence. A California bill regarding roof replacement building standards was just amended to completely change it into a gun and ammo tax that would take effect immediately. https://t.co/hOewLdlZ8S pic.twitter.com/jItKC9Cl63 — Firearms Policy Coalition (@gunpolicy) May 6, 2022 The bill itself calls for an excise tax of 10% on handguns and 11% on long guns, ammunition, or precursor parts . California would then deposit the tax collected from the bill into a so-called Gun Violence Prevention, Healing, and Recovery Fund. We’ve stated that these funds are cover for liberal states to tax gun owners and fund their opposition research, which in turn supports more gun control laws. It’s like an authoritarian Uroboros.
Interestingly, a similar bill, AB-1223 , was introduced by the same author, California state legislator Marc Levine, but failed to pass in February. This is another attempt to pass a failed gun tax by gutting and amending a solar roofing bill .
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