California will prohibit people from carrying firearms in most public places while doubling taxes on guns and ammunition sold in the state under two new laws signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Despite signing nearly two dozen gun control measures, Newsom acknowledged that many of these laws might face legal challenges now that the US Supreme Court has established a new standard for interpreting the nation's gun laws. I Photo: California Governor Facebook
These laws will test the limits of the US Supreme Court's new standard for interpreting the Second Amendment, as reported by Adam Beam for the Associated Press (AP).
The federal government already imposes taxes on the sale of guns and ammunition at either 10% or 11%, depending on the type of gun.
The law signed by Newsom adds an additional 11% tax on top of that, making California the only state with a separate tax on guns and ammunition, according to the gun control advocacy group Brady.
The revenue generated will be used for security improvements at public schools and various gun violence prevention programs, including those aimed at young people involved in gangs.
The federal tax, which has been in place for more than 100 years, funds wildlife conservation and hunter education programs.
Newsom signed nearly two dozen gun control measures on Tuesday, but he acknowledged that many of these laws might face legal challenges now that the US Supreme Court has established a new standard for interpreting the nation's gun laws.
Just last week, a federal judge struck down a California law banning guns with detachable magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, one of three major pending cases challenging California's gun restrictions.