Understanding California AB 28: New 11% Tax on Firearms and Ammunition

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Understanding California AB 28: New 11% Tax on Firearms and Ammunition

Introduction to California AB-28

Starting July 1, 2024, Californians will face a new financial hurdle with the implementation of California AB-28, also dubbed the Gun Violence Prevention, Healing, and Recovery Act. This legislation imposes an 11% excise tax on firearms and ammunition, adding a significant cost to consumers on top of the existing 11% federal tax.

Click the link to read the Assembly Bill No. 28 in it's entirety

What Does AB-28 Entail?

AB-28 mandates an 11% tax on gross receipts from retail sales of firearms, firearm precursor parts, and ammunition within California. This tax is levied on licensed firearms dealers, manufacturers, and ammunition vendors and will inevitably be passed on to consumers. The revenue generated is earmarked for anti-gun violence education for at-risk and gang-affiliated youth, and for enhancing school security.

Impact on Law-Abiding Citizens

While the goal of AB-28 - To fund initiatives for community safety and youth education is commendable, it raises concerns among law-abiding gun owners. Many argue that this tax unfairly targets responsible citizens who exercise their Second Amendment rights without addressing the root causes of gun violence perpetuated by actual criminals.

The Economic Burden on Californians

This legislation disproportionately affects residents in economically disadvantaged, high-crime areas who may require firearms for self-defense but are least able to afford additional costs. As a result, the least expensive self-defense firearms could become unattainable for those who need them most.

Call to Action

Supporters of the Second Amendment in California are encouraged to back organizations like the California Rifle & Pistol Association that are advocating for gun owners' rights. Residents in other states should stay informed about similar legislative efforts and support local advocacy efforts to protect their rights.

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