ILA | California excise tax bill reappears as legislature continues to fast-track gun control

This week, the Legislature passed all of the gun control bills heard before public safety committees and will continue efforts next week to fast track a number of bills to the governor. Additionally, the Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax Bill, formerly Assembly Bill 1223, which fell short of schedule earlier this year, was gutted and amended as Assembly Bill 1227. AB 1227 passed the Assembly as an energy bill earlier this year, but now creates an excise tax on firearms, ammunition and parts, picking up on progress made in the framework of the previous topic. AB 1227 will be considered by a policy committee next week, along with a number of other gun control bills, continuing the assault on law-abiding gun owners in California. Use the “Take Action” buttons below to reach out to committee members to oppose the many gun control bills that will go through hearings next week.

Senate Appropriations Committee at 10:00 a.m. on June 13e

Assembly Bill 1769Introduced by Assemblyman Steve Bennett (D-37), Prohibited Officers, Employees, Operators, Lessees or Licensees of 31st District Agricultural Association to enter into an agreement authorizing the sale of firearms, firearm parts, or ammunition on properties or buildings that include the Ventura County Expo and Event Center or properties in Ventura County and the City of Ventura that are owned, leased, operated or occupied by the District. This imposes a unique restriction to prevent officials from deciding how to use the sites.

Assembly Bill 2156, introduced by Assemblyman Buffy Wicks (D-15), reduces the number of guns a private citizen can craft in a year from 50 to no more than three. Additionally, it prohibits individuals from using 3D printing to manufacture firearms, precursor parts, or magazines. This arbitrary ban on 3D printing only harasses law-abiding hobbyists who want to explore this emerging new manufacturing process. It does not impose a similar ban on legacy manufacturing methods, such as milling, stamping, casting, welding, or injection molding, all of which are proven methods of making reliable firearms. It is already illegal under federal and state laws for prohibited persons, such as felons, to own firearms, including those they make themselves, regardless of the method of manufacture.

Please click here to contact the Senate Appropriations Committee and ask them to oppose Assembly Bills 1769 and 2156.

Senate Judiciary Committee at 1:30 p.m. on June 14e

Assembly Bill 1594, introduced by Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-19), creates a private right of action against members of the firearms industry for failure to implement “reasonable” controls. This intentionally vague term can expose the industry to crippling lawsuits whether or not there is an actual violation of the law. The firearms industry is already heavily regulated by federal and state laws, with violations carrying stiff penalties. It is the latest salvo in longstanding efforts by gun control advocates to circumvent the federal Protection of Lawful Arms Trade Act (PLCAA), which guarantees Americans reasonable access to firearms. The PLCAA does not prohibit lawsuits against the firearms industry for knowingly illegal sales, negligent attribution, and traditional product liability grounds.

Assembly Bill 2571, introduced by Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-16), prohibits the advertising or marketing of firearms or ammunition in a manner that is “attractive to minors“, replacing language in the current law specifically prohibiting”advertising[ing] to minors.” This vague term has the potential to prohibit all firearms advertisements or activities involving firearms, such as hunting and hunter education. Although minors cannot purchase firearms or ammunition from dealers under state and federal laws, many minors use firearms for legitimate purposes under adult supervision and instruction. , such as hunting, competitive shooting and recreational shooting. Ads appealing to adult shooters and hunters also appeal to young shooters and hunters. Although these young shooters and hunters do not buy firearms or ammunition themselves, their mentors often include them in the process when shopping to teach them how to choose safe and suitable equipment.

Please click here to contact the Senate Judiciary Committee and ask them to OPPOSE Assembly Bills 1594 and 2571.

Assembly Judiciary Committee at 9:00 a.m. on June 14e

Senate Bill 1327, introduced by Sen. Robert Hertzberg (D-18), creates a private right of action that allows individuals to bring civil lawsuits against anyone who manufactures, distributes, transports, sells, or imports prohibited firearms in California, as well than precursor firearm parts. Current law allows for remedies for the illegal activities of gun dealers and manufacturers. The language in this bill, as well as the rhetoric surrounding it, betrays the political purpose of its sponsors. The bill aims to use the gun issue as a political football, making it clear that the legislation would become inoperative if the US Supreme Court strikes down Texas’ recently passed abortion law or if this law was repealed by the Texas legislature.

Please click here to contact the Assembly Judiciary Committee and ask them to OPPOSE SB 1327.

Senate Governance and Finance Committee at 9:00 a.m. on June 15e

Assembly Bill 1227, introduced by Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-10), was gutted and edited to contain wording from Assembly Bill 1223. It imposes a 10% excise tax on the sale price of a handgun and places an 11% excise tax on the sale price of all long guns, rifles, precursor parts firearms and ammunition. These taxes are to be collected from California retailers and placed in a newly created fund for appropriation by the state legislature. It is unfair to subject law-abiding gun owners to special taxes. Such a measure makes it more costly for law-abiding citizens to exercise a constitutional right and discourages them from training to be safe and proficient with their firearms for purposes such as self-defense, competition and the hunt.

Please click here to contact the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance and ask them to oppose AB 1227.

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