California Lawmakers Balk at Proposed Gun Tax to Fund Violence Prevention Programs

Republicans questioned why other lawmakers are proposing to raise taxes for gun-violence programs when the governor says the state has a $75-billion budget surplus. “If this is important, for Pete’s sake, fund it,” said Assemblyman Kelly Seyarto (R-Murrieta). The bill by Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) fell eight votes short of the 54 needed for approval. It would have created a 10% excise tax on retailers for the sale of new handguns and an 11% tax for long guns and ammunition.