Law-abiding taxpaying gun owners will be charged an 11% excise tax on the sales price of all firearms, firearm precursor parts, and ammunition.
The law's supporters say that it will help to reduce gun violence by making guns less affordable and by generating revenue to fund gun violence prevention programs. However, opponents of the law say that it is unfair to law-abiding gun owners and that it will not have a significant impact on gun violence.
Gun control advocates have praised the law, saying that it is a necessary step to address the gun violence epidemic in the United States. They argue that the tax will make it more expensive to buy guns and ammunition, which could deter some people from purchasing them.
Gun rights advocates, on the other hand, have criticized the law, saying that it is an unfair burden on law-abiding citizens. They argue that the tax will not prevent criminals from obtaining guns, and that it will only serve to make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights.
The law is the latest in a series of gun control measures that have been passed in California. It is unclear how legal challenges to the law will impact its implementation.
California is ranked as the #1 state for gun safety by Giffords Law Center, and the state saw a 43% lower gun death rate than the rest of the U.S. According to data from the CDC analyzed by the California Department of Justice Office of Gun Violence Prevention, California’s gun death rate was the 7th lowest in the nation and its gun homicide rate was 33% lower than the national average.- Office of Gavin Newsom
California has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country, yet it also has had more mass shootings than any other state between 1982 and August 2023.