Gun tax, security deposit cap and other new California laws take effect

July 6, 2024


Numerous new California laws took effect on July 1, including a gun and ammunition tax and a cap on the security deposits landlords can charge renters.

Assembly Bill 28 imposes an 11% tax on guns, gun parts and ammunition. AB 28 is intended to raise $160 million annually to fund school safety and gun violence prevention programs, including efforts to prevent mass shootings, bolster firearm investigations and remove guns from domestic abusers.

The security deposit cap law, AB 12, prohibits landlords from making renters pay a security deposit that is more than one month’s rent. Eleven other states in the United States limit security deposits to one month’s rent, said Assemblyman Matt Haney (D-San Francisco), who authored the legislation.

Landlords who own no more than two properties with a total of four units or less are exempt from the security deposit limit in AB 12.

SB 684, a law intended to grow homeownership, requires jurisdictions to approve housing projects with 10 or fewer units on lots smaller than five acres without public hearings or votes taking place. The rule applies to areas that are zoned for multifamily housing.

Senator Anna Caballero, a Democrat representing a Central Valley district that extends toward the Central Coast, authored SB 684. The law expedites the permitting process to encourage construction of small homeownership development projects, Caballero said.

AB 1013 requires bars and nightclubs to offer testing kits that detect the presence of drugs often used to spike or lace drinks as a way to facilitate sexual assault. 

One other new law, SB 244, requires companies that manufacture consumer electronics to provide replacement parts, diagnostic information and service literature to consumers and repair businesses. SB 244 gives consumers the ability to repair their devices, and it helps reduce the number of electronics that are thrown out every year, said its author, Senator Susan Eggman, a Democrat who represents San Joaquin County and parts of Stanislaus and Sacramento counties.


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Taxing a constitutional right? Democrats are really nostalgic for their Poll Tax and Jim Crow laws.

Requiring bars to provide test kits, is unconstitutional. Making the kits available and cheap to bars on a voluntary basis, would be much better.

Allowing residential housing without public hearings nor votes, is also unconstitutional. This plan, is nothing more than for the building of ghettos, with no input by the public and tax funded public services that will be most affected.

The unconstitutional tax on guns, was long ago decided by SCOTUS to be heavily unlawful (not following the law would be a matter of principle for democrats..).

Allowing exemptions for charging high rental deposits, negates the entire purpose of this law: Bob owns 4 properties with 4 units on each, but legally cannot raise deposit charges. Bob “sells” 2 properties to his wife. Now, all 4 properties can raise deposit charges on all 16 units….and nothing changes for potential tenants.

The only law that makes sort of sense, is requiring spare parts and instructions. The very large, vast majority of people would not attempt doing repairs on electronic items, so this would have minimal, if any affect on purchasing, other than raising prices some.

Like people needed more reasons to flee California.

Yes, that would be great.

Maybe they’ll put a tax on Free Speech too, wouldn’t that make you happy?

Amendment 1 vs Amendment 2…. you don’t get to pick and choose.

I am not, I like them both.

You are thinking of the trump/gop, I think people should be free to choose what they want to read and say, the gop thinks differently.

“I like taking guns away early,” Trump said. “Take the guns first, go through due process second.”

Unconstitutional recipe to aid and abet violent crime and persecute the victims of violent crime.

Oddly enough, one simple solution to most of these new babysitting laws would be to actually lock the criminals up instead of continually letting them go. But no, let’s create more laws aka gov jobs. They really don’t care about the kids or they’d make the death penalty popular again and stop idolizing these shooters. Instead let’s just tax the American citizen who 99.9% of the time is not breaking a law with their guns. Democrats just can’t pull their head out if their gluteus maximus to save a life.

Democrats just can’t …….”

At least we are not trying to elect a tax cheating, lying felon etc etc.

“I like taking guns away early,” Trump said. “Take the guns first, go through due process second.”

care about the kids” Ask Texas all about that school shooting that proved the “good guy with a gun” concept is bullshit.