Government Taking Taxing Your Guns Away

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If America’s anti-gun crowd can’t get its way by encouraging the Nation’s lawmakers to pass unConstitutional gun-control legislation, they are likely going to attack the right to bear arms with the tax system.

The Washington Times’ Emily Miller said an alarming “perfect storm of liberalism” is fomenting as cities and States in the Nation’s more liberal regions are increasingly looking to the tax system as a means by which to control firearm purchases.

She writes:

President Obama’s hometown of Chicago started the movement late last year by enacting a $25 tax on new firearm purchases, which went into effect on April 1. Cook County stopped just short of adding a levy on ammunition.

In February, Rep. Linda T. Sanchez, California Democrat, and 26 of the most uber-liberals in the House introduced a bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code to create an excise tax of 10 percent on any concealable gun in order to empower Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to establish a firearms buy-back grant program.

Since the Newtown, Conn., school-shootings tragedy, anti-gun states across the nation have introduced similar measures.

Miller touts a House proposal introduced by Representative Same Graves (R-Mo.), which would classify high localized taxes on firearms and ammunition as “infringement” on the right to bear arms.

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“When you place this outrageous tax on the sale of ammunition and firearms, it’s intended to curtail those rights,” Graves told Miller.

Graves’ Protecting Honest, Everyday Americans from Senseless and Needless Taxes, or PHEASANT Act (H.R. 2361), is designed to prohibit local officials from enacting additional taxes on firearms and ammunition. Backers of the bill say that pressure from 2nd Amendment supporters will likely give PHEASANT a good chance of passing in both legislative chambers.

Announcing the bill earlier in the month, Graves said:

You’re seeing a lot of municipalities just imposing a tax to infringe and that’s part of the problem. I believe that’s in conflict with the Constitution because it states the right for people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, and this is infringing upon their right to do that and we’re just trying to stop that. I am hopeful we can get it through the Senate. The president may decide not to sign it. He has a much different attitude toward Second Amendment rights than I do. One of the areas that have taken advantage to tax the sale of firearms and ammunition has been Chicago, which is obviously where he is from. I’m not too worried about Missouri, but I want to make sure that in the future we don’t ever have to worry about it in Missouri or any other state.

Graves’ effort would halt efforts like Massachusetts’ proposed 25 percent excise tax on all firearms, proposals in Connecticut and Maryland that would increase sales tax on all ammunition by 50 percent, and a Washington State plan to tax firearms at $25.

Miller concedes that the poorest Americans will be hit hardest by the taxes and fees, “These costly measures disproportionately affect lower-income people, who often live in higher-crime areas.”

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has fully endorsed the Graves proposal.

“Congressman Graves is to be commended for introducing a bill to prevent one of the latest tactics of anti-gun politicians, that is pricing firearms and ammunition out of reach of responsible, law-abiding Americans through new taxes on the state or local level,” Lawrence G. Keane, senior vice president and general counsel for NSSF, said of the proposed bill. “We believe that such taxes are unconstitutional and, in effect, amount to a poll tax on the Second Amendment. We endorse H.R. 2361.”

Meanwhile, some on the left are introducing legislative proposals that would achieve the exact opposite effect of the PHEASANT Act. Representative Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) recently introduced the Firearm Safety and Buyback Grant Act, which proposes a tax on handgun purchases and concealed firearms. Proceeds from Sanchez’s proposed  tax would be used to fund gun-buyback initiatives.

Sam Rolley

Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.

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  • FreedomFighter

    We have communist criminals in government doing there best to take our constitutional rights — stop them now get political, get active, get them out of office. Usually these people are committing criminal acts because they are sociopaths — expose them for what they are, dig enough to will find the dirt… then bring it to light and remove them from office.
    Do what it takes to remove them, it is up to us “WE THE PEOPLE”
    Laus DeoSemper FI

  • Richard

    AG Hold-up Holder said, “We will get the guns just like we did cigarettes”. Bad advertisements and tax, tax, and tax. Any tax on guns or ammo is a violation of 2nd Amendment.

    • me

      Wasn’t the american revolution over taxes. we could have a revolution in the next two elections. All it would take is the elgible voters who don’t care may be stirred up by all the crap coming down nowadays get out and vote and vote right. Big numbers would make the changes we need. The vote still has more power than the buck. It’s about all we have left. when that changes we’re in trouble. Most of the control freaks who run us could be voted out. Time for people to start caring or lose.

      • Vis Fac

        The premise was on taxation but rooted elsewhere King George demanded servitude from the colonies and imposed laws that in effect couldn’t be enforced unless the British Army was here. The third amemdment was chartered because the British were quartered in people’s homes without their consent. If you push too hard and too long you’ll have a revolt. I don’t know about you but i feel I’ve been pushed just about as far as I am willing to go.

      • Brian

        Evan if everybody tryed to vote them out they would still try to steal the election with dead people and Micky mouse

    • Name

      Hmmmm.. I don’t see anything in the 2nd amendment that says the government can’t tax the arms. You call it infringement but tax on purchases is not an infringement. I hate the tax on my car, my paycheck, my utilities, home, ciggerettes, clothes, etc. but that doesn’t mean I can’t purchase these items. It’s life folks. “The only 2 things in life you have to do is pay taxes and die” Looks like your time has come too.

      • Alan

        “The right to bear arms shall not be infringed”. Sorry to inform you but excessive taxes are an infringement, especially when they are designed to restrain one’s ability to own a firearm or make use of such.

  • Alan

    They do use taxes to try to control behavior, but dont be fooled. Its just another opportunity for another money grab. There is no satisfying the states appetite to pick taxpayers pockets for their wasteful spending.

  • Michael Shreve

    Taxes, the government’s ULTIMATE weapon AGAINST WE THE PEOPLE.

  • Average_Joe56
    • Debbie Hogan Tate

      LOVED you video!! How True!! As it should be!

  • Alex

    Melt the guns

  • Alan

    De facto gun control under the guise of a tax. They really think they’re slick, don’t they? “If we can’t get rid of those guns legally, then we’ll just have to price such purchases right out of the market!” It’s the same thing with them buying up all the ammunition. “Billions of rounds for us, nothing for you!” I wonder what other nastiness they have up their sleeve for us. Out with them!

  • mnkysnkle

    It may be an infringement on the second, but I’m not too sure. It is a persecutorial (oppressive) tax though, and by definition, could be unconstitutional, and by that implication maybe considered an assault on the second??!