If they can’t ban ’em, they’ll simply tax ’em out of existence. That seems to be the newest tactic that anti-gun politicians are grasping onto to take away your firearms.
On Jan. 1, Seattle’s so-called “gun violence tax” went into effect—this law penalizes gun owners to the tune of $25 per gun. But now, an even more onerous tax is being touted as a role model for the U.S. After having an outright ban on handguns rejected in court, the Northern Mariana Islands Commonwealth is imposing a $1,000 tax on all handguns sold in the U.S. Territory.
It’s certainly a concept that presidential candidate Hillary Clinton would endorse. As far back as 1993, she can be seen enthusiastically supporting a proposal for a 25-percent tax on guns: “I’m all for that.”
The NRA is still challenging the Seattle tax, and legal action is expected against the Mariana Islands measure.
California Bill Could Close Nearly All Gun Stores In The Golden State
A California Assembly committee yesterday considered legislation that could drive nearly every gun store in the state out of business. Assembly Bill 2459 would:
ban businesses operating on residential property;
allow localities to impose restrictions in addition to, and more onerous than, state law;
require gun stores to record continuous video during business hours of all customers, all locations where firearms are stored, parking lots, and the exterior of the store premises, and store that video for five years; and
require dealers to maintain $1-million-per-incident liability insurance.
The combined expense of these additional onerous requirements would make selling firearms in California unaffordable.
Use Your Power!
California residents, don’t let firearm and ammunition dealers be driven out of business in the Golden State. To contact your State Assembly Member and urge him or her to oppose AB 2459,click here.
Colorado School District Security Team Buys AR-15s
On Monday, CBS Denver reported that the Douglas County (Colo.) School District’s safety and security team had purchased 10 AR-15 long rifles for officers to carry in their patrol vehicles.
BearingArms.com’s Jenn Jacques reported that director of security Richard Payne authorized the purchase after seeing his officers training “hand to hand” with sheriff’s deputies armed with long guns. The Bushmaster rifles will be locked in security officers’ patrol cars.
In addition to school resource officers (SROs), who are active-duty policemen stationed at the high school, Douglas County Schools also employs eight full-time security officers to patrol the entire district. All are former law enforcement officers currently armed with handguns, and will continue to be so after the rifles arrive. “We believe in a layered approach,” said Douglas County School District’s spokesperson Paula Hans.
High School Rifle Clubs Soar In Popularity
There’s video games, Snapchat and another interest taking high school students by storm—shooting sports. More teens are training and competing nationwide, causing a boom in gun club participation. As Thomas Ciarula, coach of Potomac High School’s Robinson Rifles, told LifeZette, “Shooting is a great sport because, unlike other sports, men and women compete equally. All are welcome as long as we have the space.”
It was common for high schools across America to have shooting clubs until the late 1960s. But as debate over guns intensified, involvement dwindled. According to Bloomberg News, the Minnesota High School Clay Target Championship attracted only 30 shooters in 2009. The same challenge drew more than 5,000 last June, as well as 20,000 spectators.
Armed Homeowner Stops Robber
An armed Ohio homeowner on Sunday stopped a would-be robber that he found on his property and held the man until police arrived.
According to local police, the man said he saw two thieves on his property, grabbed his gun and confronted them. One ran away, but he managed to hold the other at gunpoint until police arrived.
According to local radio station WDTN, deputies found what they believe to be methamphetamine, pills they suspect to be morphine, a bag of possible marijuana and equipment used for measuring drugs near a car driven by the suspect. The man is being held in the Mercer County jail on $125,000 bond, and authorities are still searching for his accomplice.