(SACRAMENTO, CA) – With gun violence in California continuing to outpace previous years, Assemblymember Marc Levine (D - Marin County) today announced the reintroduction of legislation, which would impose an excise tax on gun and ammunition retailers, not purchasers, to fund gun violence prevention programs.
Barely five months into 2022, California has seen 1,159 incidents of gun violence, including 594 gun related deaths. According to the Gun Violence Archive, at this pace, California could end up with one of the highest yearly incidents of gun violence and gun related deaths in state history. As families across the state struggle to make sense of this devastation, Levine is taking action to end gun violence. His AB 1227 would generate over $118 million annually to fund proven programs that reduce gun violence in the communities that need it most.
Gun sales and incidents of gun violence have increased dramatically since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2020, 110,000 firearms were sold in California. That same year also saw a 46 percent increase in gun homicides. In January of 2021, California saw the deadliest month for gun homicides since 2007. Last month, a gun battle two blocks from the State Capitol, left six people dead and twelve people injured.
“Gun violence will not end on its own,” said Assemblymember Levine. “We must take responsible action to end the public health crisis that is gun violence in California and in our country. As we see tragedy after tragedy, let’s remind ourselves that we are neither helpless nor hopeless to end this bloodshed and death in our communities. AB 1227 will provide a reliable funding source needed to make critical investments that will reduce gun-related violence in our communities.”
Levine’s AB 1227 will be considered by the State Senate later this summer.
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