The Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee approved an ammunition tax measure, AB 187, this week which will provide a new source of revenue to assist communities facing high levels of gun violence.
Authored by Assemblymembers Rob Bonta and Roger Dickinson, the measure would place a 10 percent tax on all ammunition sold in California, excluding law enforcement agencies. AB 187 will also fund mental healthcare services for children in California.
The Board of Equalization estimates that the tax would generate annual revenues of $92.4 million.
Bonta and Dickinson are optimistic that this is a creative, holistic approach to addressing the needs of communities ravaged by gun violence.
“Cities throughout the state, including Oakland, are suffering horrific and increasing gun violence,” explained Bonta. “AB 187 will provide the City of Oakland, and cities in similar circumstances, with sufficient street-level public safety presence to prevent gun violence and attend to it when it does occur.”
Proud to jointly author the measure, Dickinson said, “Screening young children for signs of mental illness and addressing any issues early on is the key to a healthier and more productive adult life. A limited tax on ammunition is a small price to pay for better mental healthcare for kids, reduced crime, and safer communities statewide.”
As Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Gun Violence in the East Bay, Assemblymember Bonta invites the community to attend the committee’s first hearing on Friday, May 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Elihu M. Harris State Building, 1515 Clay Street, in Oakland. For more information, call (510) 286-1670.