California - Democrats Renew War Against Gun Ownership By Raising Gun Tax And Worse
There was a blue wave that swept California when the midterm elections granted Democrats a supermajority in both chambers of the state's legislature. I don't think there is any question as to why since Democrats won in California, it is because its a sanctuary city where millions of illegals are harbored and given "special rights" that undermine federal law. And since Democrats parade in favor of open borders and more welfare, naturally they get the votes of these millions of illegals.
The state was the first to enforce plastic straw pans and has thus far been setting the precedent for other liberal states when it comes to their illegal immigration "sanctuary" policies. These policies are meant to do nothing more than product undocumented immigrants and grant them welfare. This isn't just my opinion, these are facts. More than 7 out of 10 illegal households are on welfare. This data comes from the latest Census Bureau data analyzed by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS).
Now that the Democrats have tightened their stranglehold on the giant western state, it seems they are on pace to hold 29 out of 40 seats in the state Senate as well as 60 out of the 80 in the state Assembly. This is a stringing difference than other states in the country with more even splits although California is far from the only state to have a radical partisan majority. Democratic governor-elect, Gavin Newsom can veto-proof majorities in the legislation but it may not be needed on most issues since they have the majority in everything now.
The liberal left is already looking to enact new and deadly laws like the recently passed "Red Flag" law which allows a person to go before a judge and accuse another individual of being a danger to themselves or others without that person ever being given a notification that the hearing is taking place or an opportunity to respond. This results in a judge issuing a seizure order for the person's firearms and needless to say these don't end well sometimes. A man was recently gunned down by officers who were searching a Red Flag warrant to search and seize all of a 63-year-old man's firearms. He resisted the seizure and was killed in his own home for it.
Zev Yaroslavsky, the director of the Los Angeles Initiative at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs said, "Republicans are politically less relevant in California than they have been in years and it is really up to the Democrats to decide what role they play. But as long as Democrats stay unified, they won’t even need bipartisan support." One legislation that Democrats want so desperately to pass is Assembly Bill 18 which looks to tax the sale of handguns and semiautomatic firearms so much that people won't be able to afford them and so fewer families will be able to protect themselves.
The new bill would implement "an excise tax on the sales of handguns and semiautomatic rifles" and then it claims it would hand over any revenue occurred from the tax toward the California Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Program (CalVIP). Don't do it. Who owns the CaIVIP? Which interests does it represent? Certainly, not those of the people because increasing the cost of firearms to pay classes for dummies is as bad as Macron raising the tax by .30 to pay for environmental issues.
Levine stated earlier this month, "California needs to bolster violence prevention initiatives so that they are commensurate with our state’s tough gun laws and as effective as violence prevention programs of other states." The state is already one of the most difficult states to own a legal firearm in and everything is restricted and logged, including sales of each and every bullet.
Naturally, the new gun tax has drawn ire and heavy criticism from those in gun-rights and hunting communities:
The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action stated, "While the legislation lacks details of how the actual proposal will look, it expresses the intent to place an additional tax on handguns and semi-automatic firearms for distribution to various community-based intervention and prevention programs. Once again, lawmakers are saddling lawful gun owners with additional taxes and fees for the misdeeds of criminals.