“We can fund this program as much as we want. If this is that important, then let’s do it. But trying to tax at a 10% and 11% rate a certain group is going to...drive those people out,” said Kelly Seyarto, R-Murrieta
The bill required a two-thirds majority vote in the 80-member Assembly because it would establish new excise taxes — 10% on handguns and 11% tax on long guns, rifles, precursor parts and ammunition.
Combating the Wildfire Issue in California needs to be more than just rhetoric. Californians need these efforts to be effective. Our lives and our future depend on it. As a retired Fire Battalion Chief and firefighter serving in the State of California for 35 years, I have experienced firsthand the dangerous, devastating and life-altering effects a fire can have on families and businesses in our communities.
A large crowd attended the event, which included Mayor Bill Zimmerman, Assemblyman Kelly Seyarto, Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Hewitt, City Council members Dean Deines and Robert Karwin, and other dignitaries. Veterans in attendance wore caps and shirts in recognition of their service and stood when their military branch’s service anthem was played.
“Unfortunately, we’re way behind on prevention mitigation and we have to continue to catch up,” GOP Assemblyman Kelly Seyarto, a veteran firefighter from Murrieta, said during an online discussion hosted Wednesday, May 19, by the Public Policy Institute of California.
“We have to do the work before (fires erupt) so we aren’t in the situation we’re in now.”