Bill Would Tax Bullets; Gun Rights Advocates Say It's Unconstitutional

Published On : 4/13/2013 12:34 PM
By : Amy Quinton
From : CCN
Categories : Local, State

A bill that would impose a five-cent tax on ammunition sold in California is up for its first legislative test on Monday.

A bill that would tax ammunition in California will get its first legislative hearing on Monday (today). The measure’s been proposed despite calls from Democratic legislative leadership to restrain from creating new taxes.

Democratic Assembly member Roger Dickinson says this tax would be different. The bill would impose a five cent tax on each bullet or ammunition item. The money raised would go to a school-based early mental health intervention program that was cut from the budget last year.

“I don’t think we necessarily need to start taxing everything but I do think there are selected and targeted areas where it makes sense.”

But Sam Paredes with Gun Owners of California says such a tax would be unconstitutional.

“The state cannot select an industry and impose a special tax on them if it places an undue and unfair burden on the exercising of a constitutional right.”

Because it’s a tax, it would require a two-thirds vote in the legislature.

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