A federal sin tax for guns, ammo proposed


Rep. Danny K. Davis, D-Illinois, has introduced legislation, HR 3018, which would create a 20 percent tax on all firearms sales, and a 50 percent tax on ammunition purchases.

Rep. Danny K. Davis

Rep. Danny K. Davis

The bill, known as the “Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act of 2013,” exempts firearm and ammunition purchases made by the federal government.

In addition to firearms and ammunition, the bill specifically taxes lower receivers for ARs.

The proposed legislation would take monies allocated to the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act – a tax most sportsmen support because it provides money to each state to manage wildlife habitats – and reallocates it as follows:

— 35 percent for community-oriented policing services grants

— 35 percent for Project Safe Neighborhoods

— 10 percent for the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

— 5 percent for the National Criminal History Improvement Program

— 5 percent for NICS

— 5 percent for the USDOJ’s Community-Based Violence Prevention Field-Initiated Research and Evaluation Program

— 5 percent for the Secretary of Education

The bill, which is co-sponsored by Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr., D-New Jersey, was introduced Aug. 2 and has been assigned to several committees.

Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr.

Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr.

Davis serves on Oversight and Government Reform committee, including subcommittees: Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs; Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements; and Subcommittee on Human Resources.

He’s also a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committe and its subcommittee on oversight.


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  2. We do need a tax but not this one. We need a tax that will be levied against Legislators that introduce bills that take time to: read, discuss, investigate, debate, rewrite and pass, that do nothing but penalize the law abiding citizens. What in this law would deter criminals, or at least stop them from buying firearms and ammunition? Most of the firearms they use are NOT PURCHASED, they are stolen. They probably steal the ammunition as well! These people are idiots and we’re idiots if we continue to allow them to rule our lives. They need to be removed from office, if not immediately do your part to make sure they are not re-elected!

  3. Dear Mr. Davis….your tax Sir is unfair to the Law Biding citizen, since it’s gangbangers and lazy asses that are shooting up the city. Stop trying to impose penealties on the “Working Citizen” and go after your people, the people who are causing the shootings, blacks. I don’t mean to be racist, but it’s a fact. Look where the majority of the shootings are, South & Southwest sides. Go tax all the lazy asses collecting welfare, tax thier checks and purchases.

  4. It seems Danny Davis’s useless and misguided proposal is aimed at the law abiding gun owners and it will benefit (help finance) the slackers, gangbangers and other lowlife scum.
    I’m tired of paying for programs that are supposedly helping the less fortunate, when in reality I’m paying for people that have no interest in helping themselves.

  5. No problem, I’ll either buy online or go across the border to buy my firearms or ammunition. I favor neither side (democrats or republicans) as they are both anti-American idiots, however, the democrats always seem to be one step ahead of the republicans in the “bat-shit crazy” category. Adding ridiculous taxes or bans either gets you a black market, so more underground gun and ammunition sales as proven in IL (namely Chicago) in the past and/or a huge loss of already generated revenue because people will buy elsewhere.
    When will the idiots, mostly democrats, in this state ever get it! Politicians have all been floating on cloud 9 for too long it seems, they all need to come back down to reality fast!

  6. the government is getting out of hand tazation without representation of the majority of the people is what started teh revolutionary war. Out government as it sits right now is more corrupt than the king of England and his lackeys were during that time. Enough with the taxes.

  7. I am so tired of taxes.. this country lives on the working class… and someday there wont be any middle class.. and what are you gonna do then?Cant tax the welfare system.. but then again maybe you can…and eventually the well will run dry..

  8. That makes perfect sense. All the law abiding citizens who are NOT contributing to the deaths and injuries can pay for the two largest groups who ARE responsible for killing people and selling weapons illegally (the feds and the criminals). This makes perfect sense. /sarcasm

  9. This is just another example of why Illinois is doing so well (sarcasm for those who didn’t catch it). Let’s take a look at Chicago, a city where the liberals had their way and banned handguns entirely. What happened? Exactly what we’ve been saying for years. The criminals found a way to stay armed and now the common LAW ABIDING person has no way to defend themselves. If this isn’t enough proof, look at all the other cities in the US that have banned handguns or firearms entirely. SCREWED. All the countries that have banned firearms? Yeah they’re not doing so well either. Everything the government gets involved in goes to shit. Stay out of our economy, earn your paycheck, and stop overspending incomes of the country. That doesn’t mean raise the taxes. That means learn to control your spending. Redistribution of wealth is not the answer either. If it’s that difficult for you, relinquish the office and spend some time out in the real world.

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