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Industry association applauds firearms bill proposal

April 23, 2009 by  

Industry association applauds firearms bill proposal The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has praised a legislative proposal that addresses the issue of the frequency with which firearms and ammunition manufacturers pay a federal excise tax on their sales.

The bill was introduced by Senator Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat, and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

The Firearms Fairness and Affordability Act will allow the firearms and ammunition industry to pay the firearms and ammunition excise tax (FAET) on a quarterly basis – instead of bi-weekly – the same payment schedule on which every other industry supporting conservation pays the federal excise tax.

FAET is a major source of wildlife conservation funding in the U.S.

"Singling out the firearms industry for tax payments every two weeks is bureaucratic and discriminatory," said Senator Mike Crapo, an Idaho Republican, who joined Senator Baucus in sponsoring the bill and is the current co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus.

He added, "Changing to a quarterly excise tax payment system … will allow firearms manufacturers to reinvest funds into developing new products and marketing efforts."

NSSF is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry.


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  • Quint

    I would be surprised to see this pass. Too many in congress would love to see this industry go by the wayside. Any help that would be afforded by passing this, would negate the pressure that they have worked to apply to gun companies. For those who think that an anti-gun vote would hurt them at home, but want to vote that way, would find this an easy way to get by with that anti-gun vote.

    • Roger

      Sadly your comments cannot be refuted Quint, so let’s focus on the solutions….
      become very active in your local level politics, ensure that those who are voted into office whole heartedly support our Constitution including our Second Ammendment! Those that are up for re-election that do not support our Constitution as written can be voted out of office.

      • Randy G

        Those that are up for re-election that do not support our Constitution as written can be voted out of office. And Will BE !!!


        • http://microsoft Robert

          That is about 98 pecent, including the president.

        • RICHARD N. KEENE

          Not if they have the crooked elections that the last one was! Busing illiterate cretins in to the polls and telling them who to vote for. There has to be an intelligent test that should be given before you are allowed to vote!!!!

    • Walter Jones

      Its time we swept these idiots out of office.

      • Roger

        Absolutely right Walter, we the constituients must choose wisely before we vote! A “no vote” is as bad as voting for the Liberals, the People have an election coming in 2010 so become involved actively work to elect the individual that best represents the will of the people while holding true to the Constitution of this great Nation.

  • Archie

    IT seems any business that falls under the freedoms of the Bill of Rights, has laws designed to impede or restrict their operations. We continue to blindly elect people to represent us that don’t understand, the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution were added to further restrict FEDERAL government from tyrannical excess.



    • James

      Maybe that’s why Obama banned the term “war on terror.”

  • James

    Everyone that supports the Constitution should register as a Democrat for the 2010 primary. We can try to vote the idiot Boxer out in the California primary. Even if that doesn’t work, we can have her spend a lot of money to stimulate the economy, and she will have less money in November. Other people can do the same in their state so we can elect Constitution supporters and at least slow down the fascist liberals.

  • Monty

    James, I never thought of it that way before, but you are right. The Dems can and do vote in the Republican Primary’s, while on the other hand Republicans are not allowed to vote in the Democratic Primary’s. They stacked the deck in their favor by voting for the unfavored to win, thus giving the Dems a better shot. We should do the same. Register as a Democrat, and vote in the Dems Primary, and vote again as they do and vote for the right person in the Republican Primary… It just might work…Great idea James…

  • Mad*Dog

    Will someone please stop the merry-go-round we want to get off !!!!! We the people of the USA its time to make a stand. Its not too late and we need to do this together. Before they devide US and we fall !! Our fore Fathers did it NOW ITS OUR TRUN !!! Write or call or e-mail your senitors and JUST SAY NO. We can do this I know we can But we have to stick together

  • Thundermoon

    Maybe that’s what Arlin Spector did???

  • Dgstomp

    How many ways will the congressmen and senators of the extreme left keep trying to subvert our right to personal defense – while basking in the luxury of 24/7 protection by the federal, state, and county governments at the tax payers expense? What is wrong with these hypocrites?

  • looney

    unless the people wake up to the fact that the 2 existing parties are playing good cop bad cop nothing will ever really change! it’s like saying ”we choose to be eaten by the lion rather than eaten by the leopard!” wake up sheeple! vote libertarian! we need a third party and maybe a fourth! divide the federal govt. into sections which can be managed by the voters! impose term limits on all political flunkys-remind them that they are public servants and WE are the public. get off the tread mill by breaking it, not changing the speed setting.


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