Councilmembers Paul Koretz, 5th District, and Paul Krekorian, 2nd District, introduced a motion Tuesday calling on the city of Los Angeles to consider enacting a sales tax on firearm and ammunition sales. The motion requests that city staff report on the feasibility of enacting a sales tax, and suggests that the money collected could be used to fund gun violence prevention research and programs throughout the city.
As a precedent, Seattle’s city council recently voted to tax firearms at a rate of $25 per gun and 2 or 5 cents per round of ammunition, which they expect to bring in up to $500,000 annually, with all proceeds going toward gun violence prevention programs.
“The horrific toll of gun violence is devastating, tragic and persistent,” said Councilmember Paul Koretz. “Across our country, we are suffering a [the] carnage of incident after incident. The costs in life and limb are staggering, and families and communities are broken. We have to reverse that trend, and today’s motion, to increase the means for supporting beneficial gun violence prevention programs and key educational efforts, is an important step in the right direction. Together, we can make a difference in reducing gun violence and standing up for public safety.”
Krekorian said many of the mass shootings in the United States can be stopped by “sound policies” and better gun violence prevention programs. City council recently banned the possession of large capacity magazines and will soon vote to mandate safe handgun storage at home.
“Los Angeles has been a clear and consistent voice for gun safety, even as Congress has failed to act,” Krekorian said.
Koretz’s and Kreorian’s motion will be heard by the Los Angeles Budget and Safety and Public Safety committees. If the committees approve the motion, it will be considered by the full city council.
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