Bad news for California hunters and shooters.

wildbirdhunter

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I got this from Fullsack this morning and looking it over man this is a bad one. I had only read it was on loaded ammo but it look like that’s wrong it’s also on reloaded supplies also. This thing is going to kill hunting and shooting sport in California to all but the rich.

AMMO TAX

New tax: 5 cents for
each round of ammo

Outdoor News Service

   Members of the California legislature are proposing a constitutional
amendment that would charge a five-cent tax on every round of ammunition, or
ammunition component, sold in the state to pay for medical expenses of
victims of illegal firearm activity. So, those of us who use firearms
responsibly would be forced to pay exorbitant prices for ammunition because
of the illegal activity of a minuscule few?

   Rimfire ammunition costs less than $2.50 for a box of 50 rounds. Many
brands sell for a $1 to $1.50. The tax would more than double the price of
the ammo. That five cent tax would also be charged for each primer or bullet
sold to reloaders, and potentially -- depending on how literally our state
attorney general would construe the law -- for every pellet bought for
shotshell reloading. When you consider that a one-ounce load of 7 1/2s has
350 of those tiny pellets, the cost of reloading a single trap load would
really get exorbitant -- at $17.50 just in taxes for the shot.

   There is something on the order of 5 billion rounds of just .22 rimfire
ammunition sold and shot in the this country each year. That 5,000,000,000.
Add in centerfire rifle, pistol, and shotgun ammunition shot each year and
the number of rounds sold and shot probably triples. How much of all that
ammunition is used illegally? If you count the ammunition just in guns held
by crooks, shot or not, it still probably only amounts to a few thousand
rounds. I'm pretty sure I shoot more ammunition recreationally, legally each
year than all criminals combined do illegally.

   So you don't own a gun or shoot and don't care? How about this: Lets
charge a $2 per gallon tax on gasoline to pay for death and damage caused by
arson fires set with gasoline. Oh, now you'd howl. Proportionally, the tax
on rimfire ammunition would be about the same as a $2 per gallon tax on
gasoline. And proportionally, there's probably about the same amount of
gasoline used to set illegal fires as ammunition used in crimes. But what
correlation is there between the gas you use in your sedan and some yahoo
setting fires in Bouquet Canyon? It's the same for ammunition. None.

   This is brain-dead legislation. I would find it difficult to vote for a
legislator who can't see the bias and prejudice in this amendment. How
rational and sensible would they be on other issues? It's not just bad law,
it's a scary mind-set.

Here is a bit from Turner's web site on it

The bill that has attracted the most attention since the last update is SCA 12. Introduced by our old friend Senator Perata, author of SB 23 and holder of a CCW permit.

See http://www.nrawinningteam.com/calnra/perata/index.html for more information on Perata. If passed by 2/3 of both houses (a steep hurdle), SCA 12 would place an initiative on the November ballot to add a nickel tax on every round of ammunition or bullet component sold in
California. This would add up to $2.50 for the average box of 50 bullets. It will be very difficult for Perata to get a 2/3 vote in both houses. This would mean he would need every Democrat plus four Republicans in the Assembly and every Democrat plus one Republican in the Senate. This means that despitethe publicity, it is a very winnable battle. It was just introduced
officially this week, so it can't be heard until after May 10th.
 

Mntngoat

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This will only push the supply houses in the state into Bankruptcy and most everyone will be buying their componets out of state, as quite a few do now to save a few bucks.
 

huntducks

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I can honstly say my days are numbered in this state.

if this passes all gun shops and Wal Marts along the border AZ. NV. OR. will do a landslide business.

I can see the sign now LAST CHANCE TO BUY AMMO BEFORE ENTERING KALIFORNIA.
 

sportyg

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We need to start be emailing our elected officers about how we feel.. Then we need to get people like Perata out of office !!
 

rlwright

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This will only benifit the black market, and in turn the third world countries that thrive off it.
 

sportyg

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I read in the Press Enterprise the other day AB-12 has advanced.. This is not good !!
 

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