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CALIFORNIA ESCAPES NEW FEDERAL
GUN TAX FBI To Levy Tax By End Of
Only 20 States Exempted
$13$16 Applies to
Retail Gun Sales
Under the general banner of crime reduction, and citing the Brady law for its
authority, the FBI plans to tax the retail sale of handguns and long guns, starting Nov.
30, if their new computer systems are ready in time. The proposed tax could generate $1
million per week nationally, based on the bureau's estimates. Detailed information is
included in a report just issued by Phoenix-based Bloomfield Press, a book publisher
specializing in gun law [Ed.: Summary of Findings on request and website].
Perhaps more significant than a surprising new tax from the Justice
Departmentwithout any apparent Congressional approvalis the FBI's announced
plans to record complete identifying information on every person who purchases a firearm
from a licensed dealer. Any regulation that requires such recording has been prohibited
under the McClure-Volkmer Act since 1986. Neither the tax nor the gun-buyer registration
scheme appear to be legal, according to Alan Korwin, co-author of The California Gun
Owner's Guide. Korwin has written seven books on gun law. His California guide,
released in February, has all the state's gun laws and is his latest.
The federal registration and tax plan are being rolled out under the guise of the
National Instant Check System, required when Part 1 of the Brady law expires this year.
Under Brady Part 2, all retail handgun and long gun sales will have to run through the
system, which the FBI has based at its Clarksburg, W. Va., data center. They are hiring
500 people to handle the anticipated load.
The FBI intends to waive the tax for any state that sets up an FBI-approved central
firearms clearance center. California's background check system has been approved, placing
its state police under a degree of FBI control. In other states, each dealer will have to
"enroll" with the FBI to legally make a sale, and pay the tax on every purchase.
The Bureau will accept credit cards or will arrange to bill dealers, and those who don't
pay (or are real late on the invoice) will be literally out of business. Several
authorities have indicated that they expect enough clamor from the taxed dealers to compel
their states to comply. When 100 Arizona dealers were told at a government meeting in
June, that they would not be taxed, they cheered, apparently oblivious to the implications
of federalizing their local police.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Alan Korwin February 10, 1998
1-800-707-4020 IS IT CONTROVERSIAL TOKNOW
THE GUN LAWS? When exactly can you legally shoot an intruder?
For the first time, a complete set of California's gun laws is being released for
public use. The California Gun Owner's Guide is a legal landmarkresidents
can now hold all the gun laws in one hand. Assembled by noted firearms legal experts
Georgene Lockwood and Alan Korwin, The California Gun Owner's Guide contains
word-for-word text of all the gun laws (not just the penal code) and extensive supporting
material in plain English. California has nearly twice as much gun law as the
"For too long, Californians have relied on rumor and hearsayinstead of solid
informationwhen exercising the right to bear arms," Korwin commented in a
recent interview. "We expect this book to find its way onto the desks of both
pro-gun and gun-control advocates alike." Co-author Lockwood agreed, adding,
"The California Gun Owner's Guide provides a new framework for the entire
In addition to making state gun law easily available, the book also provides clear
descriptions of the federal laws for gun ownership and use. The authors cover the
subjects of self-defense and the use of deadly force, and have included lethal encounter
scenarios, material on child and adult safety, 150 self-test questions and more.
Basically, if it involves firearms in California it is covered in this new book.
Should gun owners be empoweredeven encouragedby getting a copy of all the gun
laws? According to the publisher, Phoenix-based Bloomfield Press, it doesn't
make sense to own a gun and not know the rules.
The California Gun Owner's Guide is available through bookstores and gun shops
statewide at $14.95. Single copies for police department and news media review are
free on request. For info or to fire up a copy, call 1-800-707-4020 or visit
The California Gun Owner's Guide
Bloomfield Press, Phoenix, Ariz.
Alan Korwin and Georgene Lockwood
Trade paperback (8-1/2 x 11)
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Author's direct line:
Korwin: 602-996-4020; Lockwood: (520) 717-2175
About the contents:
This is the only unabridged compilation of the California Gun Laws; never before
available as a single edition (the California code itself fills a large bookcase);
California has enacted twice as much gun law as the federal government. The book
discusses, in plain English, the right to keep and bear arms, the use of deadly force in
self-defense, has a full section on federal laws that affect Californians, and a large
safety section. Test your understanding with more than 150 sample test questions and 22
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About the author:
About the authors: Alan Korwin owns Bloomfield Press with his wife, Cheryl, and has
been a full-time free-lance writer for more than ten years. His clients range from the
corporate giants to mom-and-pop operations. In addition to writing he does professional
training in executive telephone skills, writing for publication, Instant
Expertisehow to find out practically anything fast, and more. The California Gun
Owner's Guide is his 8th book.
Georgene Lockwood has been writing professionally for more than 20 years, and met Alan
Korwin at an informal writer's group. Her book The Complete Idiot's Guide
to Organizing Your Life (McMillan) is a national best seller. Lockwood has worked as
a newspaper reporter, AP auto-racing stringer, and copywriter for high-tech and industrial
firms. The California Gun Owner's Guide is her 7th book