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Calif. Lawmakers Propose Ammo Tax

January 29, 2013  | 

Photo via RW Photo Bug/Flickr.
Photo via RW Photo Bug/Flickr.

Two state lawmakers have proposed a tax on ammunition sold in California, but one would use the money raised to pay for increased policing in high-crime areas and the other would provide screening for mental illness in children.

The measures are among nine pieces of legislation proposed Monday by state Assembly members to deal with gun violence. President Obama and others have identified mental health as an issue to be addressed after young, apparently deranged gunmen went on mass killing sprees in Newtown, Ct., and Aurora, Colo., last year.

Assemblyman Roger Dickenson (D-Sacramento) proposed the nickel-a-bullet tax on the sale of ammunition to go for mental health evaluations and intervention in cases where problems are discovered.

Read the full Los Angeles Times story.


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Comments (21)

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Tom Ret @ 1/29/2013 3:00 PM

Do the democrats know how to anything other than tax!

Tom Ret @ 1/29/2013 3:05 PM

Add "do" to above to read Do the democrats know how to do anything other than tax

rob @ 1/29/2013 3:54 PM

They also know how to spend more money than they make. I am certain that they are unable to understand the constitution as well.

Jim Van Gorder @ 1/29/2013 4:11 PM

Why is it the responsibility of honest law abiding gun owners only to fund this? Why not a five cent tax on all containers of beer sold in the state? That sure would bring in a lot more cash.

gary @ 1/29/2013 4:12 PM

So the good folks that live out in the country (where most of the ammo is used) will pay for more police in the 'big city' where the bad guys are?

Glad I'm in La. @ 1/29/2013 4:16 PM

Good old Peoples' Republic of California

RICHARD ISAACS @ 1/29/2013 4:51 PM


Stan Eng @ 1/30/2013 1:25 AM

Another stupid law they want to pass in California. THey need to deal with the real problem. Stop taxing the citizens for the faults of the Justice system. WHen a criminal commits a crime put them in jail. THere is way too much granting probation for everything.

Ima Leprechaun @ 1/30/2013 1:55 AM

GOOD! This is no 2nd Ammendment rights to ammunition. Tax the crap out of it and put mandatory background checks in place on all purchased ammo like New York State did. (Police and the Military are laready tax exempt so this would not affect them) Actually you lost your bet Isaacs, New York beat them by 4 months. Read the NY LAW it's comprehensive and very effective, not perfect but nothing is but it's a great law.

Rob @ 1/30/2013 6:02 AM

Gray Davis tried hiking taxes on cars and lost his recall election Arnold. Too bad a privilege such as driving is held in higher regard that a Constitutionally upheld right.

Rod @ 1/30/2013 6:16 AM

So who think the money will actually be used for what they say? Yeah right!!!

mtpgma @ 1/30/2013 6:31 AM

What do you bet some entrepreneurial spirit opens an ammo store 50 ft across the state line in Nevada and makes millions?

Trigger @ 1/30/2013 7:24 AM

It is sad that governments are actually supporting illegal activities. Illegal sales of ammo just received support to explode into a huge business. Sniper motto "One shot, one kill", I guess people will just get better with their shot placement!!

exdc911 @ 1/30/2013 9:15 PM

Why not put a tax on people who are caught using guns illegally ? Also, hold them accountable for police pay, ambulance service costs and e.r. charges incurred by victms.

Ja Tu @ 1/31/2013 7:36 AM

Lets hold the judge/parol board responsible for crimes commited by people who are let out of jail early, say a $2500 fine for each person...they will think long and hard before letting any violent criminal out for good bout a mandatory confiscation of all owned property for murder and attempted murder...make it similar to how law enforcement can confescate a drug dealers car. and I agree with taxing the beer/liquor.

[email protected] @ 1/31/2013 9:01 AM

Hey, I mean Ima, why don't you move to kalifornia with the rest of the pos that are trying to destroy this country? Then you could have your own little crime ridden cesspool.

Ima Leprechaun @ 2/1/2013 10:28 PM

Hey Bob, California is way too expensive for me but I am sure you can afford it after you shake down illegals before you bury them in the desert.

Retcopper @ 2/3/2013 6:31 PM

California, I'm never shocked as to what our narcisistic, ego driven nannies on the radical left (Ca. legislature), will come up with.
Mark my words, given the right moment these loons would tax you for each time you exhale (co2). There is a mental illness that tends to effect the minds of Libs in most areas where the population is just too high. Never will they push for conditions that might reduce criminal behavior, its always about infringing on the rights of the law abiders and about raising taxes (code for "fees","assessments", "surcharges", etc.) "Taxes" might require the people to vote so they must be flexible with their wording. They love to see their name as the author of a new law. The purpose or success of the law has no bearing what so ever. This is the same state where 40k felons were released early from prison, where 3 strikes was undermined, the death penalty = inmates dying in prison of old age, and the already most restrictive firearms laws in the US. No matter what the Feds do, the Ca. Legis. will have to one up them.
REAL COPS would tell you but no one asks, that most of the current Ca. gun laws do nothing to reduce and certainly not stop violent crime. More foolish laws won't change that. "3 strikes" worked & more hard working cops with smart newer style tactics worked. Those facts along with the up surge in Hi-tech and "white collar" crime, have reduced violent crime in this state and in the US. The reality is that policians (that includes some Police Chief's), won't deal with that truth. To them its easier to make it about things, Guns, Ammo & Taxes. After all what they really want is an EASY way to tell their sheeple how the Chief, the big town Mayor & local Legislator, saved the state.
Ca. needs a parttime Legislature, to end the supermajority, for some of our seasoned Chiefs & Sheriffs to retire, to Enforce intelligentl laws already on the books & to stop the incessant & obsessive overreach into the lives of decent citizens.

Rusty @ 2/22/2013 11:23 AM

I will go over to NV and buy my ammo there, eat lunch there, buy anything else I need over there, and my gas to get back.

I'd rather spend my money in NV instead of CA for some crazy pointless tax

Shawn @ 4/12/2013 1:31 PM

Ok, get ready because Nevada is doing the same thing... just not quite as extreme.
You guys have to ratchet up the pressure on your lawmakers. Start harrassing them at every turn (legally, of course), and make it so uncomfortable to be "stupid" that doing the RIGHT thing is easy in comparison to what enacting this kind of crap will earn them. It's not easy, but it's worth it. Also, stop thinking A) that you're helpless to prevent this (that's what they want you to think), and B) that there is quick fix out there for this insanty we see today. There isn't. Today's political situation was 20 or more years in the making... it's going to take the same amount of time to reverse. However, once you start to reverse it then the country is no longer chugging toward the abyss... that's a good thing, yeah? How do you reverse it? Find what got you here (public school curriculums, liberal harrassment of conservative values, isolation from political involvement, emotional vs. intelectual legislation... then do the exact opposite! Those who are actively working to change things for the better: thanks! Bring your friends too! Those who aren't: get off your ass or get out of the way!! Just a few cents worth....

Shawn @ 4/12/2013 1:39 PM

One more thing: We ALL have to start doing our own research. How many folks do you know that get most or all of their news from mainsteam sources? Now answer this: would you hire someone to manage your retirement funds, and then never check up on them to make sure what they were doing was legit? We have to stop swallowing stories hook, line, and sinker. Go with your gut. Spend time on research. Take an INFORMED stance on issues. It'll make a difference, trust me.

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