Action Alert

ACTION ALERT
CONTACT YOUR SENATOR AND URGE THEM TO
VOTE “NO” ON AB 1227!
Please reach out to your representative in the California State Senate and urge them to vote “NO” on AB 1227
– legislation which would impose an additional 11% excise tax on the price of all long guns, firearm parts, and
ammunition and an additional excise tax of 10% on the price of all handguns – when the bill comes up for a
vote on the Senate Floor in the very near future.
TALKING POINTS
➢ AB 1227 would unjustifiably place the burden of funding efforts to address illegal gun violence solely on the
backs of citizens who legally purchase and lawfully use firearms and ammunition.
➢ By substantially raising the cost of guns and ammunition, AB 1227 would disproportionately impact the ability of
the poor, and disadvantaged people of color to protect themselves and their loved ones and their equitable access
to hunting and shooting sports – at a time when the Administration and the Legislature are seeking to increase
participation in outdoor recreation and access for all Californians.
➢ All Californians benefit from programs, education, and research intended to reduce illegal gun violence, and all
Californians should help fund their implementation.
➢ AB 1227 would unjustifiably place an additional tax on firearms and ammunition when California has a
substantial budget surplus, and the state has just recently made a record $209 million in funding available for
programs intended to address illegal firearm violence.
➢ In addition to sales tax, lawful hunters and recreational shooters already pay an 11% excise tax on long guns,
ammunition, archery, and other hunting equipment as well as a 10% excise tax on handguns pursuant to federal
Pittman-Robertson Act (PR). But those dollars are allocated back to states to fund beneficial programs –
including wildlife habitat projects that benefit game and non-game species. This year alone, California was
allocated over $30 million in federal PR dollars – monies which will fund a large portion of our state’s wildlife
management, conservation, and research efforts.
➢ AB 1227 would double the excise tax law-abiding hunters and shooters already pay on all firearms and
ammunition – effectively raising the total tax rate on these items to nearly 30%.
➢ AB 1227 would reduce the sales of sporting arms and ammunition, resulting in a reduction in funding available
for wildlife habitat projects which benefit all Californians.
AB 1227 would do nothing to reduce criminal use of firearms but would inequitably impact California’s lawful
hunters, our wildlife, and their habitats, and disproportionately impact communities and Californians that are
economically challenged attempting to secure their safety by exercising their Second Amendment rights