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SUPPORT AB 18: to fund violence prevention programs

Support AB 18: Taxes semi-automatic weapons to fund violence intervention programs

by Youth ALIVE! | 4.27.19

Support AB 18: the Firearms Excise Tax. The AB 18 tax revenue would add funds to the California Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Program (CalVIP), a program that is a core ally and active funding source for violence intervention services.


This bill would impose an excise tax on a retailer in the amount of $25 per firearm on the sale in this state of a handgun or semiautomatic rifle or shotgun sold as new, as provided. The tax would be collected by the state pursuant to the Fee Collection Procedures Law. This bill would require that the revenues collected be deposited in the CalVIP Firearm Tax Fund, which the bill would create. The moneys in that fund would be continuously appropriated to the Board of State and Community Corrections to provide CalVIP grants.

AB 18 is an effort to mobilize innovative and supportive services that can be readily available and accessible for a population affected by violence. 

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