Ammunition Tax Passes Assembly Fiscal Committee Today

Monday, May 13, 2013

AB 187 Proceeds used for Public Safety Programs in Communities Experiencing High Levels of Gun Violence and for Mental Healthcare Programs for Children 

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today, the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee approved an ammunition tax measure, AB 187, authored by Assemblymembers Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) and Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento). AB 187 provides a critical new source of revenue to assist communities facing high levels of gun violence and will also fund important mental healthcare services for California’s children.

“Cities throughout the state, including Oakland, are suffering horrific and increasing gun violence. Oakland witnessed 131 homicides in 2012 – 21 more than 2011 and the highest in six years. Twelve of those victims were children,” explained Assemblymember 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.”

Assemblymember Dickinson said he was proud to jointly author AB 187. “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,” concluded Dickinson.

The Bonta-Dickinson measure would place a 10 percent tax on all ammunition sold in California, with an exemption for law enforcement agencies. 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.

Assemblymember Bonta is Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Gun Violence in the East Bay, which will hold its first hearing this Friday, May 17th at the Elihu M. Harris State Building (1515 Clay Street) in Oakland from 9 a.m. to noon. Please visit this link for more information or to RSVP to the hearing: Select Committee Hearing to Address Gun Violence .

Assemblymember Rob Bonta represents the 18th Assembly District, which includes Oakland, Alameda and San Leandro. He is the Chair of the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security Committee, and a member of the Assembly Health, Transportation, Banking & Finance, and Elections & Redistricting Committees.

CONTACT: Amy Alley (916) 319-2018 - amy.alley@asm.ca.gov