A Democratic congresswoman from New York has rolled out the “Reducing Gun Violence in Our Neighborhoods Act”—legislation that would mandate a $100-per-firearm tax on all gun sales nationwide.
“If guns are going to be sold, then those purchasing and selling them should pay for programs that can reduce the incidence of gun violence in our local communities,” said Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez, one of the bill’s co-sponsors.
Of course, we know criminals don’t purchase their guns legally, so this unconstitutional tax would harm only the law-abiding. But that seems to be what Velázquez has planned. “If making guns more expensive means fewer end up in commerce, I’m happy with that result,” Velázquez said in a statement.