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?”
Representative Pascrell was joined by others in the community in their fight against “gun violence.” “I want justice, and I want this to be over with,” said one member of the community. But what good is a higher gun and ammo tax going to do? It will just make guns and ammo too expensive for a lot of people to be able to afford. When gun sales go down, the gun industry there in New Jersey will suffer. Some businesses will have to shut down. People will lose their jobs. And people will not be able to adequately defend themselves.
But where would these gun control freaks be without the gun-owners buying guns and ammo? Representative Pascrell said that in addition to these new taxes potentially preventing gun violence (yeah right), they’ll also bring in $600 million in additional revenue. In order for them to raise that much in tax revenue, lots of people have to buy guns and ammo. So, they’re depending on gun owners (who they’re also trying to crack down on) to raise lots of tax money for their state. But I thought this was about “preventing gun violence.” Nah, that’s just the marketing slogan to get all the right people on board with the new taxes. In the end, all they really care about is money and control.