CA proposed handgun tax


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JayBird
February 21, 2013, 10:17 PM
A 10% tax to fund gun buyback programs... :scrutiny:

All I can say is wow.

I know it is hard enough being a gun owner out in California, but they are just drooling out there to restrict civil rights.

MONTEREY PARK - Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Cerritos, joined with other political and law enforcement leaders Thursday to announce she has introduced legislation into Congress to fund gun buyback programs.
The Firearm Safety and Buyback Grant of 2013, also known as H.R. 793, would establish a grant program through the Department of Justice to be distributed to local law enforcement agencies for gun buyback programs, as well as anti-violence and gun safety campaigns, the congresswoman said.

She was joined at a press conference by Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, Montebello Police Chief Kevin McClure, Rep. Janice Hahn, D-San Pedro, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Commerce and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

The funds for the proposed grant program would come from a 10 percent tax on new sales of "concealable" firearms, such as handguns, which are most commonly involved in gun violence, Sanchez said.

My heart breaks when I see story after story of gun violence," Sanchez said.

While highly publicized incidents such as the recent school Massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, has brought national attention to the issue of gun violence, she said, "In Los Angeles County, we already know the deep wounds created by gun violence. We know it all to well."

Sanchez said that while no one law will be a panacea to address all the nation's problems with gun violence, H.R. 793 is an important step in the right direction.


"Getting guns off the streets does make communities safer," Sanchez said.

"We can't stand here and say because we don't have the perfect solution, we shouldn't try," she said.

Through the gun buyback grants, as well as the anti-violence and gun safety campaigns that would be created by the proposed legislation, the law would give local law enforcement officials additional tools to employ in their mission to protect public safety.

Sanchez added that the buyback programs are designed to give people a financial incentive to responsibly get rid of unwanted guns before they fall into the wrong hands. In buybacks, those who turn in guns are given gift cards for retailers ranging in value from $50 to $300, depending on the type of weapon surrendered.

Officials pointed to recent gun buybacks in Los Angeles County as signs the programs are useful and necessary.

Los Angeles police collected more than 2,000 firearms during a buyback event at two locations in December. Officials in Compton last month collected nearly 400 weapons at a buyback.

Sheriff Baca said the legislation would increase public safety, encourage responsible gun ownership and amounted to "common sense."

"This is a prevention program," the sheriff said.

"We're not talking about infringing on the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution," Baca said. "We believe we're not asking too much."

Over the past six years, 276 law enforcement officers have been assaulted with firearms in Los Angeles County, Baca said.

"This is unacceptable," he said. "We believe the public deserves better. We believe our risk should be reduced."

Chief McClure said he, too, was strongly in favor of the proposal.

"It's common sense, it's sensible, it's responsible. It will reduce the violence. This provides financial resources to small agencies, like myself," he said. "I encourage everyone to support this legislation.
http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_22638043/rep-linda-sanchez-authors-law-fund-gun-buybacks

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Librarian
February 21, 2013, 11:38 PM
H.R. 793 is a Federal House of Representatives bill. But it IS from one of California's silly delegation to the House.

H.R.793
Latest Title: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose an excise tax on concealable firearms and to require the Attorney General to establish a firearms buyback grant program.
Sponsor: Rep Sanchez, Linda T. [CA-38] (introduced 2/15/2013) Cosponsors (18)
Latest Major Action: 2/15/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. No text yet available from GPO.

Solo
February 22, 2013, 12:53 AM
I foresee lawsuits if passed.

Torian
February 22, 2013, 12:54 AM
My heart "breaks" when I see politicians defecating on the Constitution.

Grunt
February 22, 2013, 12:59 AM
Tax and spend...tax and spend...tax and spend...trample the Bill of Rights...tax and spend...tax and spend...:banghead:

Solo
February 22, 2013, 01:06 AM
The Firearm Safety and Buyback Grant of 2013, also known as H.R. 793, would establish a grant program through the Department of Justice to be distributed to local law enforcement agencies for gun buyback programs, as well as anti-violence and gun safety campaigns
And this will prevent people with untreated mental illness from killing others how?

MachIVshooter
February 22, 2013, 03:59 AM
My heart "breaks" when I see politicians defecating on the Constitution.

It must be shattered down to individual cells by now.

Deus Machina
February 22, 2013, 07:09 AM
If I pay a 10% tax on my handgun purchases to fund buybacks, do I get a percentage of the 'bought back' handguns?

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