“Sin Tax” on Guns?

Screen shot 2013-02-14 at 12.31.02 PMIf you can’t ban ’em, tax ’em.

Lawmakers looking to more tightly regulate firearms in the wake of the Newtown school shooting and other massacres are moving at the state and federal levels to introduce new taxes on firearms and ammunition.

The proposals range from the modest — a proposed 5 percent tax in New Jersey — to the steep — a proposed 50 percent ammo tax in Maryland. The bills follow efforts to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and expand background checks, measures that have had mixed success at the state level.

The taxes — much like so-called “sin taxes,” like those on cigarettes — serve a dual purpose. They can deter buyers, while using the extra revenue for favored programs. In this case, the sponsors want to direct the money toward mental health services, police training and victims’ treatment.

But firearms groups say a “sin tax” on firearms wrongly punishes law-abiding gun owners.
“If anything, gun owners ought to be getting a tax rebate for helping reduce crime,” said Lawrence Keane, senior vice president and general counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

He said the purpose of the taxes is to “frustrate and limit the exercise of the Second Amendment.” While noting some of the revenue from these taxes and fees would go to victims’ services, Keane said those paying the tax are mostly not those responsible for gun crime.

Firearms manufacturers already pay a federal tax, which goes toward wildlife conservation. A tax on sales would make firearms more costly.

At the federal level, Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., proposed a bill that would impose a 10 percent tax on “any concealable” firearm. The revenue would be used to help fund a national gun buyback program. The bill is still in committee.
At the state level in California, Democratic state Rep. Roger Dickinson last month introduced a bill to impose a 5-cent tax on every bullet.

“A limited tax on ammunition is a small price to pay for better mental health care for children in our state,” he said in a recent statement. The revenue from the tax would go toward screening young people for mental illness.
Several other states have introduced similar measures. Massachusetts state Rep. David Linsky is pushing a 25 percent sales tax on ammunition and firearms. Maryland state Rep. Jon Cardin has introduced a bill imposing a 50 percent tax on ammo, and an annual $25 gun registration fee.

And according to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Assembly Majority Leader William Horne is pushing a draft bill that would include a $25 per gun sales tax, in addition to a 2-cent tax for every round of ammunition.

The tax proposals are just one element of a multi-front campaign by pro-gun control lawmakers to rein in firearms.
While some states — particularly Colorado — have moved full-steam ahead with new gun regulation, the movement on Capitol Hill has been more restrained. A Senate committee last week voted to enhance penalties on illegal gun buys, but other bills are still on hold.

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  • This is just a bunch of BS. Just another way the government is trying to stick it to the rest of us who are already taxed to death.

  • CHinOhio

    What if the ammo manufacturers had a staredown with the Feds, cutting them off? (Not like they don’t have enough stockpiled already, anyway.) Only sell to the public. I know ammo is so tight here, one can barely afford to go out and keep in practice, shooting once in a while recreationally. It’s currently the norm to have the amount of ammo you can buy rationed here in OH, and the retail outlets are making a killing with whatever they can get their hands on (which isn’t much). If fed deliveries were halted, this stupidity would stop as far as pricing and rationing. Might also give the feds something to think about….

  • more pork barrel crapfrom washington.. makes me sick a SIN TAX pfft… socialist communist libtards..

  • I hope Colorado remembers how many out of state hunters come to their state to spend a lot of money each year… Maybe a boycott for a year or two might remind them just how much money they will lose.. I wonder how much money the libs. will bring in to offset the loss??? We here in Texas will put that money to good use… Thanks Colorado!!!!!

    • And if you do go hunting do not go to Denver they will seize any weapon legal or not regardless of what the law has to say. There is no mob in Colorado. The Denver police run all the mob related jobs.

  • MH Snider

    ANY AND EVERY Gun law is 100% UN-Constitutional, including back ground checks, waiting periods, even EX felons being banned from owning guns. EX being key word. If these people are so bad why were they let out of jail in the first place. All we need is to allow anyone to carry and laws stating if a gun is used in ANY crime person goes away forever. Period.

    • verncba

      NFA… too. totally.

  • marineh2ominer

    We desperately need a new government , and with the corruption in the electoral process it is coming down to only one very bloody solution . However , if it comes to that remember the first to go need to be the politicians that brought us to this point , their blood will undoubtedly be the most fertile in re-establishing our constitutional republic . By the way , party is irrelevent . The TEA PARTY though is the ONLY REAL party of ” We the people ” .

  • How about a 50% tax on stupidity of your total net worth for politicians.

  • Canes mom

    They were so worried about voter id putting undo burden on minorities and the poor, how might a proposed tax like this infringe disproportionately on those same groups. How will the poor afford to exercise their constitutional right to bear arms?

  • NoMoreMarxistsInDC

    SCOTUS case of Murdock v. Pennsylvania, 319 US 105, 113, says you can’t tax a right.

    Shuttlesworth v. Birmingham, 373 US 262 says you cannot convert a liberty into a privilege, otherwise the citizen can ignore the license and engage in the “privilege” with impunity.

    Byars v. United States, 273 US 28 says that Constitutional Rights must be interpreted in favor of the citizen.

    And, my 2 favorites: Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137, 174, 176 (Cranch), “The Constitution is superior to any ordinary act of the legislature; the Constitution and not such ordinary act, must govern the case to which they both apply. All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution are null and void.”

    Miranda v. Arizona, 384 US 436, 468: “Where rights secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rule-making or legislation which would abrogate them”.

  • I wonder how they will collect taxes for guns and ammunition from Gary Gangbanger and his cohorts that live and do business in the Bario…just a thought !!!

  • verncba

    So owning a gun is a sin now eh?

    well I’m f*&ked! LoL

    • foodbandid

      Can’t be a sin, none of the politicians believe in God.

      • its a sin against the government and the lord obama BS

  • I think this “shall not be infringed” issue is starting to fall under cruel and unusual punishment just for owning a gun.

  • foodbandid

    No one has the right to initiate an attack against another, that force is to be used only in
    retaliation against unavoidable, unprovoked attack and only against those who
    initiate the attack. Any rational person prefers peace over violence and that
    all such persons are pacifists until attacked. If you find yourself under
    criminal attack and escape is not possible, then you should proceed without
    hesitation to viscously destroy your attacker by launching your own attack.

  • agopian

    How about we tax politicians stupidity @ 50 per cent. We could pay off the federal deficit.

    • foodbandid

      how about .50 cents for every time they lie.

  • Carol Elaine Donaldson

    Criminals will get their bullets but citizens who want to protect themselves will just get a trip to the morgue.


    How about a SIN TAX on Democrats they BOO-ED GOD on national TV during their convention.

  • foxxybey

    I have never had one bit of respect for TSA, I have flown almost the entire world and can say they are easy to fool at times and at others just a pest about nothing. My daughter was a senior manager for a major airlines and she has nothing good to say about them and she didn’t have to deal with them. They worry about 4oz’s of pudding and can’t catch a fake bomb, hope they enjoyed my pudding.

  • Jim

    “God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion.
    The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is
    wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts
    they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions,
    it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. …
    And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not
    warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of
    resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as
    to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost
    in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from
    time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
    It is its natural manure.” Jefferson