California has some of the toughest gun laws in the country, hands down. You would think all you need to do is pass a regular background check and fork over some cold hard cash at a gun store, but it’s just not that easy. In fact, California has the most gun-related laws of any state at 108, so far. Plus, they keep coming up with new hoops to jump through with stricter regulations to follow. One of the newest gun laws is in San Jose, California about taxation is just plain ridiculous.
The New Gun Ownership Tax
The city of San Jose just passed a new gun ownership tax. Keep in mind that in 2020, nearly 1.2 million people in California purchased a new firearm, so this new tax has the potential to affect a ton of law-abiding citizens.
The new law states that gun owners must purchase liability insurance along with their firearms. Not only do gun owners have to possess an insurance policy, but they are also required to pay an additional tax on each of their guns annually. So every year, gun owners are paying more and more money to exercise their Second Amendment rights. That doesn’t seem very fair to suck more money out of people who just want to own their guns in peace.
The Penalty for Non-Payment Is Steep
If you don’t pay those taxes and get additional liability insurance, the state has the right to fine you more money and could even take away your guns if you let them accumulate over a long period of time. It’s hard to say how soon officials would come and confiscate your guns if you don’t pay these taxes each year, but the threat is alive and well.
The government in San Jose hasn’t yet determined what exactly that gun ownership tax will be each year, but you can bet that it won’t be cheap. It’s already an 11 percent tax and a background check fee for new gun owners to purchase their first firearm in California. Then any time you want to buy ammo, it’s still taxed at 11 percent. That can add up especially if you like to go to the shooting range often or take yearly traditional hunting trips.
Other States Have Tried to Pass Similar Laws
Two other states, Connecticut and Maryland, both tried to pass similar laws in 2013. Luckily, the swift and decisive backlash sent those bills packing, and they didn’t go through. Hopefully, California passing this type of legislation won’t trigger other states to try it.
Pro-gun rights groups are trying to get the bill in San Jose revoked, but that will take some time to make its way through the courts. In the meantime, it’s just a fact that in California, it’s more expensive and harder to be a law-abiding gun owner.