Congress May Raise Prices On Ammo & Guns
Just when you though Congress had hung up its efforts at unfair gun control, a new bill has just been introduced that targets both firearms and ammunition with an arbitrary tax. And what a tax it is: up to 50% right on the top.
This new bill is introduced by U.S. Reps. Danny K. Davis, (D-Ill), and Bill Pascrell, (D-NJ) into the House of Representatives last month. Officially, it is known as H.R. 3018: Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act of 2013, and its ominous.
A simple and quick read of this text drawn from the bill tells you all you need to know:
'There is hereby imposed upon the sale by the manufacturer, producer, or importer of the following articles a tax equivalent to the specified percent of the price for which so sold:
'(1) Articles taxable at 20 percent:
'(C) Firearms (other than pistols and revolvers).
'(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.
'(2) Articles taxable at 50 percent: Shells and cartridges.'
That's right ladies and gents, an extra 20% tax (in addition to current state sales and federal excise taxes) on guns and a 50% swing at ammo. This net would go far and wide, even including lower receivers by themselves.
What would the money be spent on?
The revenue would be funneled into the US Treasury with specific earmarks. The first third (actually 35%) is to go into a fund for to hire more local law enforcement officers at the community level including school resource officers.
The next third is to be set aside for the Project Safe Neighborhoods fund. In case you don't know what this is, PSN is the Department of Justice's grant program for the prevention of gun violence through gang resistance training and aggressive enforcement of federal firearms laws.
The balance is to be allocated to such groups as diverse as the Secretary of Education, Centers for Disease Control, and NICS to research gun issues and compile data on gun violence, numbers, background checks and so forth.
This could never happen right?
Well, campers, that's where you are wrong. Back in 1937, Nevada Senator Key Pittman and Virginia Congressman Absalom Willis Robertson introduced the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act. This act carved off the then existing 11% excise tax on firearms and ammunition set it aside for use by the Department of Interior. For the past 75+ years, these funds have been used by state fish and wildlife agencies for conservation and hunter's safety training. Funds that go unused are put into funding migratory bird conservation.
Much like the Pittman-Robertson Act did in 1937 to help pay for government return into the shooting sports and hunting, the Davis-Pascrell bill intends to do the same just with a different agenda.
In his press release referencing the bill, (Illinois Democrat) 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."
Contact your congressional representative and let them know what your thoughts on HR 3018 are.