Newsom Signs Law Raising Taxes on Guns, Ammunition
The new taxes will pay for school safety programs
California will double the taxes on guns and ammunition and use the money to pay for more security at public schools and various violence prevention programs under a new law Governor Gavin Newsom signed Tuesday.
The federal government already taxes the sale of guns and ammunition at either 10 percent or 11 percent, depending on the type of gun. The law Newsom signed adds another 11% tax on top of that — making it the only state with its own tax on guns and ammunition, according to the gun control advocacy group Brady.
Newsom — a potential Democratic candidate for president beyond 2024 — has a reputation as one of the country's most liberal governors. But he has often refused to raise taxes, even for causes he supports like combating climate change.
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