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Why The Gun Lobby Is Terrified Of California - from Mother Jones - *5-cent tax on each bullet* [View all]

http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/02/why-gun-lobby-terrified-california

"As it is with many issues, California is out front on firearms regulations," said Mark Hedlund, a spokesman for California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg. "We don't represent the NRA. We don't think that the NRA represents the majority of Californians, by a long shot."

California's newly proposed gun laws would:

-Ban the possession of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds
-Prevent the future sale, purchase, manufacture, importation, or transfer of any firearms that can accept detachable magazines
-Close the "bullet button" loophole by banning tools that allow the quick changing of gun magazines
-Regulate ammunition sales like the state regulates gun sales. Ammunition dealers would need to be licensed and anyone buying from them would need to obtain a permit and complete a background check.
-Create a 5-cent tax on each bullet purchased, for the purpose of funding crime prevention
-Prevent felons and other adults barred from gun ownership from living in a house that contains any guns
-Prohibit the loaning or sale of a firearm between people who know each other personally
-Take steps to phase out legal possession of assault weapons that were purchased before California outlawed their sale
-Require all firearms owners to take an hours-long gun safety course every year, similar to what the state now requires for obtaining a concealed weapon permit
-Require gun owners to purchase insurance to cover damage they may inflict
-Require CalPERS and CalSTRS, two of the nation's largest pension funds, to divest from companies that make, sell, or market firearms or ammunition

(those are all worth bolding so i didn't bother...)

near end-
If enacted, the new laws might do for guns what the California's pollution and fuel economy rules did for the nation's automobiles. In 2011 alone, Californians bought 600,000 firearms; only Texas sports more registered weapons. "The gun industry has a love/hate relationship with California," Hedlund says. "They hate our gun regulations because they are among the toughest in the country, but they love our marketplace."

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