Bill Before Congress Would Tax Handguns Sales At 20 Percent; Ammo At 50 Percent

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Two Democratic Congressmen are sponsoring a House bill that seeks to place a Federal tax on the sale handguns and ammunition.

House Bill 3018, sponsored by Danny Davis (D-Ill.) and Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), would amend current Internal Revenue Code to assess a 20 percent tax on “pistols” and “revolvers” and a 50 percent tax on “shells and cartridges.”

The bill, titled the “Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act of 2013,” aims to reduce the incidence of violent shootings by dissuading gun buyers from purchasing so doggone much ammunition and, to a lesser extent, the guns that shoot it, all while stockpiling additional tax revenues for use at the Feds’ discretion.

Pascrell has said he believes the tax is “a long time coming” and that Federal revenues raised from the tax increase could subsidize police departments across the country.

Congressman Pascrell estimates the tax hike on guns would amount to additional $600 million in Federal revenues each year.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • FreedomFighter

    Infringed
    Laus Deo
    Semper FI

  • ardvark01

    Two of the many marxist democrat socialist politicians within our government

    • Liz

      Just goes to show, if they can’t shaft us one way, they will try another ! Not just Democrats, how many Republicans, Independents and etc., have you seen working for us and upholding the Constitution lately? Why can’t they work on the thugs instead of law abiding citizens, we all know thugs don’t pay for anything, if they do it is through the underground…..The government just wants to keep us from arming ourselves against the thugs and them. They can overthrow US easier if we aren’t armed!!!!

      • Betta

        Yep, that’s the idea. They won’t get away with it though. I sincerely believe the American people will RISE UP and say enough is enough. Never underestimate the American Spirit which is the terrible mistake obozo is making.

  • TBJWebmaster

    Illinois and New Jersey. Why am I not surprised?

    • mathis1689

      Guess that New York and California were too busy coming up with some other attack on the Constitution to think of this first.

  • mathis1689

    Typical Communist/Democrat/Liberal. Never met a tax that they didn’t like-unless of course they have to pay it themselves. And they especially like taxes on the politically incorrect stuff like weapons and ammo. Not that any tax on weapons and or ammo is gonna keep the hypocrites in DC from having a supply of their own. It’s just that they don’t want us peons to have any for ourselves. Can’t have that you know. We might rise up and clean house just like some very brave men and women did over 200 years ago against what was then the mightiest empire in the world. The elite don’t want a repeat!

    • Liz

      When are we going to get people who will stand up for the Constitution and us? We elect and they become whiny babies and look out for themselves and say screw everyone else. It has gotten so bad that anyone with common sense is seen as a radical.

      • mathis1689

        I think the last ones who fit that description were in the Continental Congress!

  • jdn

    So many cherry trees on Pennsylvania ave. and so few decorations .

    • mathis1689

      Cherry tree limbs are not that strong. Oaks work better!

      • http://www.OlGreyGhost.Blogspot.com/ Ol’ Grey Ghost

        “Those who fear arms in the hands of the people should also fear the rope.” – General Nathan Bedford Forrest

        • mathis1689

          They should. Unfortunately the Communists we have in DC don’t fear either God or a rope!

  • Boby Danovan

    Welcom to USSR America!

  • Boby Danovan

    Welcom to USSR America!

    • Vis Fac

      That’s USSA The PRC (Peoples Republic of Commiefornia) is trying to do this same thing

      The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing–Edmund Burke

      A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president…

      Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to eat for lunch with the well armed lamb contesting the vote. Freedom comes from the recognition of certain rights which may not be taken, not even by a 99% vote.”

      A democratic government that respects no limits on its power is a ticking time bomb, waiting to destroy the rights it was created to protect.

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est

      Semper-Fi

      • Average_Joe56

        “The PRC (Peoples Republic of Commiefornia) ”
        Don’t you mean PRM (Peoples Republic of Mexicommiefornia)?
        I grew up there in the 60’s…It is definitely Mexicommiefornia.

        • Vis Fac

          How about Peoples Republic of Commexifornia?

          Yes there are a lot of Mexicans there there are Mexicans everywhere most have no legal right to be in the US but liberals love them as they use them as their voting bloc. If one should ever wonder why liberals are not in favor of voter ID or immigration reform they needn’t wonder any longer!

          The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil
          is that Good Men Do Nothing–Edmund Burke

          A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president…

          Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what
          to eat for lunch with the well armed lamb contesting the vote. Liberty comes from the recognition of certain rights which may not be taken, not even by a
          99% vote.”

          A democratic government that respects no limits on its power is a ticking time bomb, waiting to destroy the rights it was created to protect.

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est

          Semper-Fi

  • MKHouston

    It kinda makes you wonder how these people got elected

    • libsarescum

      Both NJ and Ill. are infested with low IQ morons and parasites.

  • John

    I don’t think so. We are getting stocked up now and F you all.

    • Average_Joe56

      All you’ll do by “panic buying” is to drive the prices even higher…we just went through this earlier this year…and most of the prices have already doubled…. Learn to “stealth” buy. Buy from re-loaders or learn to re-load etc. Otherwise, we will drive the prices up ourselves…and even if their crap law doesn’t pass…they will still win. Don’t let them win!
      They are counting on “Panic” buying!

      • John

        I agree with you on the panic buying. I bought several thousand rounds when Obama first got into office. I will not pay the big prices for ammo. They are ripping off the gun owners. There are sellers who are selling at a fair price. Wal Mart is one of the sellers. They have limits but you can buy a few at a time at a fair price.,

  • Alan

    There they go again with their de facto gun control. How truly absurd for them to accuse us of purchasing so much “doggone ammunition” when they themselves are stockpiling the stuff by the truckload! At any rate, we’ll be lucky to have any opportunity to buy ammo at all pretty soon. It’ll be like placing a tax on nothing.

  • mnkysnkle

    Which districts are these goons from? Weren’t they elected, and sent to D.C. by their districts? There is where you need to start. Don’t patronize their business’ for starts. Besides, it’s a persecutory tax. Charge them for “assaulting” the constitution……Again!!

    • Average_Joe56

      You forget, these idiots come from liberal states…they love imposing their will on their “Subjects” and their subjects love them for it….just look at Detroit….see what I mean? They taxed themselves to death…and they are still voting Democrat….it’s mental affliction, with no apparent cure.

  • Carl Mason

    The problem is we have to many dems in new jersey,we are one of the highest taxed states and also 4th with the most illegal aliens, arizona is 5th nevada is 1st with illegal aliens.

  • http://www.OlGreyGhost.Blogspot.com/ Ol’ Grey Ghost

    Another example of how old laws create precedent for new [male bovine fecal matter] to come out of the District. The 1934 National Firearms Act levied an incredibly inconvenient tax (it was specifically meant to be that way) on the purchase of fully automatic firearms. Some people objected that this was an infringement on the right to keep and bear arms and was therefore un-Constitutional.

    The SCOTUS disagreed. Since it was a tax, regardless of how inconvenient ($200 at a time that the dollar was still worth something), and not an outright ban, it did not infringe on the right to own firearms. The politicians who passed that onerous law knew that they could not ban any type of firearms, or firearms in general, without repealing the 2nd Amendment…

    http://olgreyghost.blogspot.com/2009/05/if-second-amendment-was-repealed-what.html

    …so they decided to tax the purchase in order to make it impossible for the average American to own one. You’ve got to watch that camel’s nose because when he sneezes, the whole tent comes falling down…

    http://olgreyghost.blogspot.com/2013/02/draconian-laws-and-beating-ones-wife.html

    • HueyDude

      I just had to say when I saw your avatar….. Hoorah for the Bonnie Blue Flag that bears a single star!!!

      • http://www.OlGreyGhost.Blogspot.com/ Ol’ Grey Ghost

        Uh, HueyDude, that is the “Lone Star Banner,” the first national flag of the Republic of Texas and, to set the record straight, I tried to use Captain Scott’s flag – the Lone Star Banner with the word “INDEPENDENCE” blazoned horizontally beneath the star…

        http://www.galleryoftherepublic.com/txflags/cpnscott.htm

        …but the powers that be would not allow it to fit…;)

  • Wambli525

    As stated in previous posts … Taxation is the method the federal government will ban everting it dose not like. The SCOTUS decision that the AHCA is a Tax, thank you justice Roberts, opens the door to unprecedented government control over our everyday existence… Translation: the Federal Government owns your AXX!
    Now lets play a word game … taxation is just another word for financial bondage, the more the government takes the less you get to save of spend …. bondage is another word for …. Yep! … your getting the idea …. “slavery” . So, what we will have here is, federal government imposed “ECONOMIC SLAVERY”. Don’t you just love those conniving damn democrats. And, just how do you think the democrats will spend all that tax money? Danny Davis and Bill Pascerell, both democrats, are at the forefront of the government social justice agenda.

  • fenix1

    What in *** part of “Shall NOT be infringed” do these “idiots” NOT understand?

    • mathis1689

      Oh they understand it all right. They could care less about it is all.

    • CommonSense4America

      They are not infringing on your 2nd Amendment rights. They are just wanting more of your money. The ONLY people it will hurt is the poor honest people. The more fortunate and the criminals will still have their guns and ammo.

      • independent thinker

        It WILL infringe on the rights of those poor honest people for it will make it more difficult or impossible for them to purchase a firearm they could otherwise afford.

  • Vis Fac

    As with true liberal dogma It’s never about safety of the people it’s about revenue and control of the people The true colors are obvious unless you are a DUMBOCRITE!

    The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing–Edmund Burke

    A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people
    and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president…

    Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to eat for lunch with the well armed lamb contesting the vote. Freedom comes from the recognition of certain rights which may not be taken, not even by a 99% vote.”

    A democratic government that respects no limits on its power is a ticking time
    bomb, waiting to destroy the rights it was created to protect.

    Libertas inaestimabilis res est

    Semper-Fi

    • Oldmonkey

      Gun Control is People Control; just like spying, and controlling their healthcare. No rocket science needed

      “Freedom comes from the recognition of certain rights which may not be taken, not even by a 99% vote.” —- Very well said, but consider using the word Liberty instead of Freedom. Paraphrasing Bastiat: “Law is ordered Liberty whose force is preventing injustice, not regulating Freedom.” Preventing injustice denies the 99% from the Freedom of having their way with the Liberty of the 1%

  • DalasKnight

    If even one conservative supports this bill, he should be re-called by the state he/she represents!!!

  • Lloyd Fisher

    To Quote Chief Kessler: Fxxx Yxx!!!!!

  • Vash the Stampede

    A 50% cut in their pay and a 20% increase in common sense and constitutionality would be nice. A gun ban by taxing it so much nobody will be able to buy it.
    Surprised they haven’t already tried this.

  • northbrook

    Illinois and New Jersey voters should target these congressmen for replacement and take them out of office.

    • Average_Joe56

      It’s a shame that we can’t vote Illinois, New Jersey and D.C. out of the United States of America. None of these places has any American values left…I say Boot them out….or pave them over…..

  • Deborah David

    Before levying this tax against Americans, all secret service and personal security personnel for all politicians should have to pay at least as much tax as they are asking of citizens–if not double–and out of their own pockets, not government expenditures. Lead by example, right? But–just like the Obamacare mess–they will set a double standard for themselves on this issue, also.

  • Al Chemist

    There never was a tax proposed that a democrat didn’t love. They must be drooling over this one. Follow the drool, and vote them out of office in 2014.

  • Average_Joe56

    Oh, darn, I can’t pay the fine…I guess I’ll just have to send them the bullets….Air Mail !
    Keep your heads down and your powder dry….this is going to be a bumpy ride folks!

  • Fedup

    More damn demoncrats proving they are ignorant enough to be demoncrats – as if this will do ANYTHING to stop criminals from obtaining and using whatever tool they choose to commit crime. Just another way to rape Americans with more taxes!

  • CatGman

    Anyone that supports this bill needs to get the ax. I only mean that “figuratively” of course.

    • Average_Joe56

      “I only mean that “figuratively” of course.”
      I don’t…I miss a good old fashioned public execution….Televise one…and the rest of the idiots in congress….will straighten up…real fast.

      • mark

        Keep fantasizing about the violent deaths of others. I am sure it lends immense comfort to your life.

        • Average_Joe56

          As long as there are no consequences for their violations of the Constitution and the rule of law, these idiots in DC will continue to take this nation down the path of tyranny and ruin…That is treasonous. Treason is still punishable by death. It’s all about accountability…. and as of now, there is no accountability on the ruling class.
          String them up, it’ll teach them respect for the rule of law and the Constitution that they took an oath to uphold.
          If you don’t agree, you aren’t part of the problem…you are the problem!

    • mark

      Shows how little you understand about regional politics in the United States. Some congressmen in Northern blue states and in urban districts with high murder rates will vote for this, receiving lots of support from their constituents and get reelected. No one from a rural red state would ever even consider voting for this of course . All politics are local with different worries and concerns in different regions of the country. America is a very diverse nation with lot’s of people who have different perspectives.

  • red neck

    Screw these thugs and run their arses out of the US not just the state that they are residing in…..

  • Average_Joe56

    Life seems to remain quite interesting…

    There was a bit of confusion at the Cabala’s Sporting Goods store this morning.

    When I was ready to pay for my purchases of gun powder and bullets the cashier said,

    “Strip down, facing me.”

    Making a mental note to complain to the NRA about the gun control whackos running amok,

    I did just as she had instructed.

    When the hysterical shrieking and alarms finally subsided, I

    found out that she was referring to my credit card.

    I have been asked to shop elsewhere in the future.

    They need to make their instructions to us seniors a little

    clearer!
    I STILL DON’T THINK I LOOKED THAT BAD

  • mark

    Another non-story from PLD. This bill will never pass the House or the Senate as Ben Bullard well knows. Like the dreaded UN bill to take away everyone’s guns it is a complete wing nut fantasy with zero chance of passage but very good propaganda to gin up gun owners’ fears and boost the profits of gun and ammo manufacturers when all the sheeple in camouflage rush out in the millions like lemmings on jihad to buy up every last bullet in America. What a great sales stunt for the gun and ammo industry. I hope they are paying you well, Ben.

    • Outlaw

      He didn’t say it would pass dip, he just reported that the moron demorat senators were trying to pass it. Also there aren’t any bullets now to buy so a scare isn’t going to make any difference there and most of us have enough handguns we always just want a few more for the collection though.

      Like always the criminals who commit 99.9% of the shootings in America, or should I say NY, Chicago, LA, SF which have the worst (best for criminal’s?) firearm laws BTW, that buy stolen ammo and guns won’t be paying any taxes. Just those of us who abide by the law would be affected as usual.

      America ranks fourth in the world in gun violence but if you remove those “big cities with the tough gun laws” from the numbers we rank forth from the bottom…. Hum wonder why that statistic does not open the eyes of those who demand that “all of America needs Chicago style gun laws” like say BO, and I don’t mean his dog???

      BTW we “sheeple” in “camo” you deride with your asinine assumptions pay real good attention to the stupid legislators who attempt to pass this nonsense just like we do to you dips that call us “sheeple in camo.”

  • ibn insha

    It is an attempt to suppress our constitutional rights through back door legislation and why should law abiding and peaceful owners of weapons pay for the acts of criminals? These people are undermining our constitution and should he treated as traitors. Do these people realize why did we rise against United Kingdom about 250 years ago, that was our own government at that time and that the same can happen again? I guess not because they are buried under a big heap of arrogance that they are the government and can treat the rest as they please.

  • Motov

    Dang, what part of not infringing of the second amendment does this moron fail to understand?
    He simply won’t give up, We should show him the same diligence on getting his butt tossed inside a jail!
    This reminds me of cartoons where there is someone after another character (ie Road Runner, Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, etc). The one who is after the main character uses all different types schemes to try to get the prize, but fails every time. Too bad Obozo’s schemes do not backfire like the cartoon shows!