Because this nation didn’t literally fight a war over taxes, California’s Marc Levine, Assemblyman, D-Greenbrae, has proposed a tax on all sales of semi-automatic firearms.
“The gun tax will support the kind of interventions that make gun violence less likely in the first place which is exactly what we need to do,”
The new tax revenue would be routed through the existing California Violence Intervention and Prevention Program, overseen by the Board of State and Community Corrections, which send grants to cities and community-based organizations.
The actual amount of the proposed tax on gun buyers will is up in the air but the number floating around in $25.
“And that amount per firearm sale will certainly be considered in the discussion with stakeholders to ultimately determine the appropriate tax for California,”
While the anticipated revenue is yet to be calculated, Will Shuck, Levine’s chief of staff, said it should be in the millions of dollars.
Millions out of the pockets of gun buyers already going through the onerous process of a california purchase for a neutered product. Of course the implication being people who buy guns are ultimately responsible for “gun” violence.
Yet more good ideas from the good idea fairies on the west coast… hah freaking zah.