It’s a classic end-around. When anti-gun politicians are unable to get gun-control bills passed, they simply look for alternate methods to achieve the same goal.
Their newest favorite scheme is proposing bills that legislate special taxes on firearms and ammunition. Seattle, for example, enacted a “gun violence” tax last year that tacks on $25 to each gun sold and up to 5 cents for every round of ammunition. Now other cities are attempting to follow suit.
As Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., warns, “Anti-gun politicians will stop at nothing to push their unconstitutional agenda on the American people.” Which is precisely why he authored H.R. 5666, the Stop Taxing the Second Amendment Act. The bill is aimed at preventing state and local governments from enacting special levies on firearms, ammunition and background checks. Republicans introduced the measure into the House last week, and it has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.