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If you can’t ban it, tax it. At least then, you get to control it and as an added benefit, make millions of dollars in the process. That seems to be the Democrat strategy now with regard to guns. New Jersey Democrat Representative Bill Pascrell has co-sponsored legislation that aims to increase the handgun tax to 20% and the ammo tax to 50%:

“Under the Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act, the excise tax on guns would double to 20 percent. For ammunition, Pascrell is pushing for an increase from 11 percent to 50 percent.”

The bill is misnamed the Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act. As if a higher tax on firearms and ammo is going to somehow curb violence committed with guns. All it will do is make it more costly and difficult for citizens to buy guns and ammo, which will only put them at more risk of being someone’s victim.

Pascrell lamented, “The tax on handguns was last increased in 1955. Worse yet, the tax rate on ammunition and other types of firearms has remained the same since 1941. Now we got to make priorities here.” So what, he found something that hadn’t been taxed enough recently? And that’s supposed to be reason to increase the taxes? After all, it’s not fair that gun owners have paid the same “low” tax rate on handguns and ammo for decades now. How about these gun-toters start paying their “fair share?”

 

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