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.
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.
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.