As Gun Terror Spreads Across the United States, Levine Adds Urgency to Legislation That Will Reduce Gun Violence

Monday, August 5, 2019

(SACRAMENTO) – With 251 mass shootings in the past 217 days, including three mass shootings in the past week, Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County) today announced action to prevent future acts of gun terror. 

When the California Legislature reconvenes on Monday, August 12, Levine will amend his AB 18 to add an urgency clause, necessary to move the bill in the remaining weeks of the 2019 legislative session. AB 18 (Levine) would impose a statewide excise tax of $25 on the sale of handguns and semiautomatic rifles sold in California. Additional planned amendments will add an excise tax to bullets sold in the Golden State, with revenues directed to fund California Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Program (CalVIP). CalVIP supports violence intervention and prevention activities, with preference given to programs that have been shown to be the most effective at reducing violence and to applicants in cities or regions disproportionately affected by violence.  

Levine’s AB 18 was approved by the Assembly Public Safety Committee and the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee earlier this year. Co-authored by seven legislators from throughout California, AB 18’s firearm and bullet tax would create a stable, ongoing revenue stream to support successful programs designed to reduce gun violence in communities throughout the state.

“We are not helpless or hopeless when it comes to ending gun terror in the United States,” said Assemblymember Levine. “While Washington refuses to take action, California can take a bold step forward to end gun violence. A $25 tax on firearms is a small amount for gun owners to pay to stem the tragic violence guns inflict on innocent Californians and will create a permanent and desperately needed funding source to reduce gun violence in our state.” 

“No more thoughts and prayers,” continued Levine. “The time for action is now.”

AB 18 (Levine) is currently pending action in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Assemblymember Marc Levine represents California’s 10th Assembly District, which includes Marin and Sonoma Counties.
Connect with Assemblymember Levine on social media: @AsmMarcLevine.

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