(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Marc Levine (D – Marin County) today released the following statement after his AB 1223, the Gun Violence Prevention, Healing and Recovery Act was not approved by the California State Assembly. On its first floor vote, AB 1223 received 50 of the required 54 votes needed for 2/3 passage.
“California is in the midst of a gun violence epidemic that will only end when our leaders have the courage to do what is right and necessary to end it,” said Assemblymember Levine. “Gun violence will not end on its own. We must act. Today’s vote came closer than many expected and I am confident that there is a path to move AB 1223 forward this legislative year. ”
AB 1223 would impose an excise tax upon retailers, not consumers for the sale of firearms and ammunition and establishes the Gun Violence Prevention, Healing, and Recovery Fund to fund gun violence prevention programs across the state.
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