California AB 18 - Violence Intervention Program Funding /December 4, 2018 by Charles Yeganian California AB 18by Asm. Marc Levine (D), Rob Bonta (D), Adrin Nazarian (D) with Asm. Richards Bloom (D), David Chiu (D), Mike Gipson (D), Monique Limon (D), KEvin McCarty (D), and Phillip Ting (D)LEAP Forward Position SupportSummary SECTION 1. The Legislature finds and declares the following:(a) Although California has the toughest gun laws in the nation, more effort is necessary to curtail gun violence. The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation found that from 2014 to 2016 gun homicides increased 18 percent. Therefore California needs to bolster violence prevention initiatives so that they are commensurate with the state’s gun laws and the violence prevention programs of other states.(b) It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to impose an excise tax on the sale of handguns and semiautomatic rifles and to require the revenue generated by that tax to be used to fund grants through the California Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Program (CalVIP) program which support local and community-based violence intervention and prevention efforts.