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California Dems Propose New Regs and Taxes on Ammo

Tuesday, 02 Apr 2013 03:18 PM

By Alec Weisman

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Democratic state lawmakers are considering new ways to tighten California’s already strict gun control laws by focusing on regulations and taxes on ammunition, according to The Los Angeles Daily News.

State Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner has proposed legislation that would mandate the licensing of all ammunition dealers in the state and require ID information for all ammunition buyers to be included in a statewide registry.

Meanwhile, state Sen. Kevin de Leon is pushing a measure that would create an annual permit process for buying ammunition that would include a background check and a $50 fee to cover the application process.

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State Assemblyman Rob Bonta, meanwhile, has also introduced legislation that places a 10 percent tax on ammunition to help fund law enforcement efforts to fight crime.

Gun rights activists are up in arms.

Chuck Michel, an attorney for the California Rifle and Pistol Association, calls the proposals “a way to red-tape the right to bear arms to death.”

He said he would sue the state if any of the bills pass, adding, “It’s all part of a campaign of shame, the fight to make it as difficult as possible for law-abiding citizens to make the choice to have a firearm for self-defense.”

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