Monday, March 11, 2013

Congress Aims to Raise Taxes on Guns

Congress is pushing to raise taxes on firearm purchases in six states, including California, to provide more funds to gun violence programs, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The 10 percent tax increase will pay for firearm safety campaigns, anti-violence programs and gun buybacks. The raised taxes could produce tens of millions of dollars in revenue.

The tax hike would include the sale of handguns and ammunition.

Democratic Assemblyman Roger Dickinson proposed a nickel tax added to every bullet sold in California. The money generated from this tax would pay for the treatment of children with mental illnesses.

Congress outlined the proposals after anti-smoking campaigns and health care programs that were initiated by federal, state and local governments.

The debate about raising taxes on firearms was reignited after the elementary school shootings in Newtown, Conn.

The other states that may be imposing raised taxes on guns and bullets include Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey and Washington state.

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