Dems sponsor bill for 20% tax on guns, 50% on ammo

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Two Democratic lawmakers have introduced legislation that would impose a hefty tax on firearm sales, and an even greater one on sales of ammunition.

H.R. 3018, “The Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act of 2013,” was proposed by U.S. Reps. Danny K. Davis, D-Ill., and Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., “To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the excise tax and special occupational tax in respect of firearms and to increase the transfer tax on any other weapon, and for other purposes,” according to the bill’s preamble.

The legislation would impose a 20 percent tax on “(A) Pistols, (B) Revolvers, (C) Firearms (other than pistols and revolvers), and (D) Any lower frame or receiver for a firearm, whether for a semiautomatic pistol, rifle, or shotgun that is designed to accommodate interchangeable upper receivers.”

The bill would also impose a 50 percent tax on “Shells and cartridges.”

Each sponsor delivered a statement concurrent with the bill’s introduction.

”It has been well over two decades since tax rates were last adjusted on firearms and ammunition, and I believe it is appropriate that we look to these taxes as a way to direct additional resources to law enforcement, background checks and gun violence research, Pascrell said in a press release. “This bill represents a major investment in the protection of our children and our communities, and reflects the long-term societal costs of gun and ammunition purchases in our country.”

In a separate press release, Davis said:

Gun violence is a daily reality for America and, in particular, for urban cities like Chicago. The crisis should outrage us all. This legislation is a pro-active approach to reducing gun violence by using proven preventive programs which have been starved for funds until now.  As part of a comprehensive, multidimensional strategy to reduce gun violence, this legislation closes major loopholes in tax law and lays out an equitable, long term, sustainable strategy to provide the requisite resources.

The Center for Disease Control recently published results of a study on firearm violence prepared at the direction of President Obama. Among other things, it indicated that deaths from accidental discharges and mass shootings are actually down, and represent a tiny fraction of firearm deaths. http://www.bizpacreview.com/2013/08/18/results-of-obamas-own-cdc-study-on-guns-support-other-side-81812

The majority of firearm-related deaths are actually suicides, according to ther report.

The study also indicated that firearms are used more for self-protection than they are for the commission of a crime.

Given these statistics, it’s difficult to imagine how penalizing lawful gun and ammunition purchasers would have any effect on gun violence. The bill was introduced earlier this month in the GOP-controlled House, where it’ll likely die in committee.

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  • Alan Perez

    Screw Commie-forina, they deserve the same fate as Detroit.

  • rcerke79

    How about we focus any gun violence legislation on the person’s pulling the trigger rather than the gun.

    • TopCat_Texas

      No!, you must be a racist. (Using logic to address a problem is not permitted) (in jest of course).

  • Tommy

    Thank goodness I just bulk ammo at foxtrotgear. I can only imagine what sales are going to be like if this goes thru.

    • Tim

      Yeah I just got some from there too. I am glad there rates are down, but this will impact it.

  • Jim Hoover

    again it is the elitists who think that a criminal is going to obey their laws the only people hurt by this tax without representation is the law abiding citizen and if you believe that this money is going to be going to help gun violence I have some ocean front property to sell you in Arizona. The reason that the people are not smoking is they have become a pariah in society and all the studies that have shown how bad smoking is. The studies coming out now funded by the gun haters have shown gun control doesn’t work. See the latest from Harvard, not a gun loving institution, yet they parrot the NRA saying that gun control doesn’t work

    • TopCat_Texas

      It will “help gun violence “, a proven fact. It will increase violence and crime.

  • BOBBYMARLEY

    I’m sure this will have a huge impact on criminals who obtain firearms illegally.

  • Armedwiththetruth

    This proposed bill also adds pistols chambered for rifle cartridges to the NFA list, increases the cost of transfers, and at least doubles the occupation taxes on importers, manufacturers and dealers.

    • TopCat_Texas

      Too bad for the 5.7X28. I guess only drug dealers will have this really nice idea. So, this could also apply to .22 pistols that use .22 LR (Long Rifle) ammo, neat trick to kill cheap shooting.

  • jbscpo

    Representatives from Illinois and New Jersey, should’a known. What part of “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED” don’t you idiots understand?

  • Michael Ritchie

    This is stupid! Applying a tax on firearms and ammo isn’t going to keep people from buying them, it is just going to tick everybody off and cause a revolution! Just leave our guns and ammo alone!

    • TopCat_Texas

      The $100 universal background check fee will keep some out of the market. The 50% tax on ammo will keep some from getting training and practice.

  • jim

    Has anyone noticed how since this administration has been trying to ban guns more and more incidents are arising? and ,It’s always minorities, or Obama loving lefties who are the culprits. When was the last time a law abiding, responsible conservative went out and shot someone just for the fun of it, or as a hate crime, or racial?

  • xairjockey

    What a sorry bunch of POS! We need another revolution and take back this country from those idiots in Washington DC. Sorry ba$#@*ds!