A group of Democratic lawmakers, led by Rep. Linda Sanchez of California is launching an effort to secure money for gun buybacks, firearms safety campaigns and anti-violence programs from a new tax on handgun purchases.
Sanchez unveiled the bill, which would impose a 10% tax on handgun purchases, Thursday at Los Angeles County Sheriff’s headquarters in Monterey Park.
“It is time to give our law enforcement agencies all the necessary resources to prevent gun violence,’’ Sanchez said.
The measure is among a spate of bills introduced in response to the Newton, Conn., school shooting that left 27 dead, including the gunman.
Legislation has been introduced to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, but efforts to expand background checks for all gun buyers and to establish gun buyback programs could have the best chance of passing.
Gun buyback programs have been popular in cities, with Los Angeles taking in 2,037 firearms, including 75 assault weapons, at a buyback program in December. In New Jersey, more than 1,700 guns were turned in at state-sponsored "no questions asked’’ gun buybacks held at churches last weekend.
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