A bill that would create a nickel-per-bullet tax to pay for mental health programs aimed at reducing gun violence hit a roadblock in a legislative committee Monday.
The Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee put AB 760 on "suspense" where it will be required to undergo more study on its financial effects before it can be reconsidered.
Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) said he is hopeful his bill will be able to make it to the Assembly floor. He said it is a response to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut that killed 20 children and six adults.
"Gun violence is disturbingly prevalent both here in California and across the country," Dickinson told the committee.
He said gun violence resulted in 5,700 people hospitalized or killed in California in 2011. "We know that taxing ammunition can provide a stable source of revenue to meaningfully target gun violence prevention," he added.