California governor signs sweeping gun control legislation including tax on firearms and ammunition


The new laws cover a variety of topics, including but not limited to an increase in taxes, requirements for gun dealers and waiting periods. They also include criminal penalties as well as individuals prohibited from owning firearms. The new laws cover a variety of topics including, but not limited to, an increase in taxes, requirements for gun dealers, waiting periods, criminal penalties, individuals prohibited from owning firearms and safety materials.

Specifically, Assembly Bill (AB) 1598 requires a gun dealer to give the most recent safety pamphlet to purchasers of a firearm. The written test must also explain “the risks and reasons of owning a gun and the increased chance of death for someone in your household through suicide, homicide or unintentional injuries.” AB-724 increases the languages available for instructions manuals and written exams to include English and Spanish. Tagalog and Vietnamese are also included. Previously, only English and Spanish were available as language options. Gun violence is the number one cause of death and injury among children and teenagers. It also disproportionately affects the Black community. The new law emphasizes that gun dealers are contributing to gun violence through the sale of illegally obtained guns. The law says that the state will place an “reasonable tax” of 11 percent on ammunition and firearms vendors, manufacturers, and dealers. This tax will fund programs to help those impacted by gun violence.

Newsom stated:

While radical judges continue to strip away our ability to keep people safe, California will keep fighting — because gun safety laws work. Data shows that gun safety laws save lives. California’s gun deaths rate is 43

less than the rest. These laws will make communities and families more secure.