Calif. Dems advance firearms tax bill

It would establish an 11% tax on gross receipts from the retail sale of a firearm, certain firearm-related parts and ammunition.
Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D) (AP Photo/Don Thompson.)

More than $160 million would be raised for various gun violence prevention, education and research programs under a bill advanced by Senate Democrats to impose an excise tax on firearm manufacturers, firearm dealers and ammunition vendors.

“It’s shameful that gun manufacturers are reaping record profits at the same time that gun violence has become the leading cause of death for kids in the United States,” Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D), the bill’s main sponsor, said in a statement Wednesday. “This bill will fund critical school safety measures and proven violence prevention programs that will save lives and protect communities across California.”

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