Writing for Ammoland, Max McGuire, of Sanity Politics, informs us that early this month, Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-IL), along with co-sponsor Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), introduced H.R. 3018, the "Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act of 2013." This bill, according to the text, would impose a whopping new 20% tax on all firearms purchases, and a 50% tax on ammunition. National Firearms Act (machine guns, suppressors, sawed-off shotguns and rifles, etc.) transfer fees would also go way up, as would licensing fees for gun dealers, manufacturers and importers--and these taxes and fees will automatically rise with inflation.
Furthermore, these new taxes would not be applied, as per current practice under the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act, to wildlife conservation, which at least provides some benefit to hunters (and perhaps, some day, to shooters in general). Instead, this new tax revenue would go to the police (the militarization of law enforcement, after all, ain't cheap), and to fund anti-gun agenda-driven "research."
Even a cursory look at Rep. Davis' "gun control" history makes it abundantly clear that in his view, one of the most important roles of the police is as hired muscle, to enforce citizen disarmament laws, and Rep. Pascrell is no different. And, in fact, Davis' own press release makes very clear that what he intends for these funds to pay for is the effort to make private gun ownership more difficult:
Rep. Davis stated, “Gun violence in America has reached epidemic proportions and we cannot, as a nation, any longer tolerate the on-going social and economic costs of inaction. 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.”
Pascrell is also quoted, and perhaps goes even further, with a reference to what he calls "the long-term societal costs of gun and ammunition purchases in our country." This sounds an awful lot like the anti-gun "culture war" Seattle Gun Rights Examiner Dave Workman has been covering lately (as has this column in the past). Rabidly anti-private gun ownership NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly is also trying to position himself as a general in that culture war, claiming on rabidly anti-gun Piers Morgan's "news" show that "[t]here's [sic] way too many guns abroad [sic] in America."
The idea here is to punish the hundreds of millions of peaceable and law-abiding gun owners, by making us pay for the harmful behavior of the criminal few. Furthermore, the money thus collected is to be used to make our exercise of the right that shall not be infringed more difficult--more easily infringed.
Oh--there's another provision in H.R. 3018, buried at the very end, almost as if the idea is to hide it:
(c) Certain Semiautomatic Pistols Chambered for Cartridges Treated as Firearms- The first sentence of section 5845(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended--
(1) by striking `and' before `(8)',
(2) by striking `device.' and inserting `device, and', and
(3) by adding at the end the following: `(9) a semiautomatic pistol chambered for cartridges commonly considered rifle rounds, configured with receivers commonly associated with rifles and capable of accepting detachable magazines.'
That would seem to mean that pistols like those based on AR-15 and Kalashnikov rifle designs are to come under NFA regulatory power, as if they were machine guns.
H.R. 3018's likelihood of passage is miniscule, at least absent some atrocity so horrible that the "blood dancing" opportunists successfully exploit it as justification for every forcible citizen disarmament law that comes to the twisted minds of oath-breaking politicians. Still, every look into the minds of those who would disarm us if they could is valuable, if chilling.
Update: Seattle Gun Rights Examiner Dave Workman has more, in "House bill would boost tax on ammo by 50%, guns 20%."
Update: Mr. Workman has still more, in "House bill would soak gun owners to pay for gun control."
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