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house Bill H.R. 5103

Should Taxes on Guns & Ammunition be Increased?

Argument in favor

It should be more expensive to buy guns and ammunition so fewer can afford to buy and use firearms. By raising taxes on guns & ammo this bill would also increase government revenue.

mlekristen's Opinion
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03/26/2018
I support this only if the increase actually goes towards research on gun violence. We will not be able to fix our current crisis unless we have the funding to support research. It’s exactly how they came about installing safety features in automobiles to reduce fatality rates in accidents. If they do fund research on gun violence, then the money will have to come from somewhere regardless. Why not on actual sales of guns?
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Sam's Opinion
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03/26/2018
These are dangerous items by nature, and they should definitely be taxed to increase the revenue to programs that prevent violence. This isn't restricting the Second Amendment, it is helping communities who struggle with the consequences of the misuse of firearms.
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David's Opinion
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03/26/2018
Makes sense to me... but not as a gun control measure. Rather, as with other lifestyle consumables (cigarettes, alcohol, etc)... good source of tax revenue.
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Argument opposed

By raising taxes to make guns and ammunition less affordable, this bill would make it harder for working class families to exercise the Second Amendment right to self defense.

Parthenia's Opinion
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03/26/2018
I believe that it should be harder to buy a firearm. I believe in thorough background checks, I believe in regular psych exams and I don’t believe military grade weapons should be on the market. HOWEVER, I believe raising the taxes like this would unfairly hinder people of a lower socioeconomic status who want to lawfully own a firearm. The price isn’t the issue we need to be addressing right now.
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cody.swearingen's Opinion
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03/26/2018
Just another way for the left to try to control guns.. gun control doesn’t work!
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Steve's Opinion
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03/26/2018
I’m fed up with the false media promoting their anti-everything!! Their goal is to squash one sector of Americans.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands
      Committee on Education and Labor
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
      Committee on Natural Resources
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedFebruary 27th, 2018

What is House Bill H.R. 5103?

This bill would increase the federal excise taxes on guns to 20 percent and ammunition to 50 percent. Revenues from the increased excise tax would be allocated to law enforcement and public safety grant programs, including programs for research on gun violence and its prevention. In effect, this would roughly double the tax on firearms and quintuple the ammunition tax.

The bill would also:

  • Increase the occupational tax on importers, manufacturers, and dealers in firearms and the transfer tax on firearms;

  • Modify the definition of “firearm” for excise tax purposes to include a semi-automatic pistol chambered for cartridges and configured with receivers commonly associated with rifles and capable of accepting detachable magazines.

Impact

People who buy guns and ammunition; and the federal government.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 5103

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL) introduced this bill to increase federal taxes on firearms and ammunition:

“Gun violence in America has reached epidemic proportions and we cannot, as a nation, any longer tolerate the on-going social and economic costs of inaction. Gun violence is a daily reality for America and, in particular, for urban cities like Chicago. The crisis should outrage us all. This legislation is a pro-active approach to reducing gun violence by using proven preventive programs which have been starved for funds until now. As part of a comprehensive, multidimensional strategy to reduce gun violence, this legislation closes major loopholes in tax law and lays out an equitable, long term, sustainable strategy to provide the requisite resources.”

Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform, expressed ATR’s opposition to this bill saying “Democrats are seeking to tax guns out of existence” and adding:

“Now that the GOP tax cut has benefited 90% of Americans, the one danger facing the Republican Congress is the ‘intensity gap.’ The Democrats have decided to solve this problem for Republicans by targeting gun owners and taxpayers in the same futile gesture: a threatened tax on guns.”

This legislation is supported by 12 cosponsors in the House, all of whom are Democrats.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: artas / iStock)

AKA

Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act of 2018

Official Title

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the excise tax and special occupational tax in respect of firearms and to increase the transfer tax on any other weapon, and for other purposes.

    I support this only if the increase actually goes towards research on gun violence. We will not be able to fix our current crisis unless we have the funding to support research. It’s exactly how they came about installing safety features in automobiles to reduce fatality rates in accidents. If they do fund research on gun violence, then the money will have to come from somewhere regardless. Why not on actual sales of guns?
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    I believe that it should be harder to buy a firearm. I believe in thorough background checks, I believe in regular psych exams and I don’t believe military grade weapons should be on the market. HOWEVER, I believe raising the taxes like this would unfairly hinder people of a lower socioeconomic status who want to lawfully own a firearm. The price isn’t the issue we need to be addressing right now.
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    These are dangerous items by nature, and they should definitely be taxed to increase the revenue to programs that prevent violence. This isn't restricting the Second Amendment, it is helping communities who struggle with the consequences of the misuse of firearms.
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    Just another way for the left to try to control guns.. gun control doesn’t work!
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    Makes sense to me... but not as a gun control measure. Rather, as with other lifestyle consumables (cigarettes, alcohol, etc)... good source of tax revenue.
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    YES! We tax tobacco and alcohol, states that legalized marijuana have taxes on purchases, we tax gas, we have a toll tax on bridges, some states tax bottled drinks, some states tax sugary foods. Besides we could use the funds for safety classes or for things like roads or wildfire prevention (my state had a wildfire started by a gun club that went out shooting on hot and dry summer a few years ago—and no charges or penalties were given to the shooters). We could also fund research into gun violence with these taxes.
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    I’m fed up with the false media promoting their anti-everything!! Their goal is to squash one sector of Americans.
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    I’m a for taxing such things as guns and ammunition as long as these taxes go toward research and prevention of gun violence. It is a moral shame that the Center for Disease Control isn’t allowed to do research in gun violence in this country!!!
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    We don’t need more taxes on guns or ammunition just another way for the left to try and take away our guns
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    No. Why should law abiding citizens be taxed for the actions of criminals?
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    So ridiculous — we are already taxed through the nose. Just let me live my life.
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    Let's tax commenting on Facebook and Twitter, and letters to the editor. All of the #BillOfRights should be equally accessed. P. S. Guns are not dangerous by nature, any more than is a motor vehicle, or a brick.
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    Seems like a pretty legit way to generate some revenue on gun violence research and it would increase funds to law enforcement, hopefully they’d use it for more comprehensive and effective training.
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    Guns are as unnecessary and exponentially more dangerous than the already sin taxed alcohol and tobacco. Stop whining gun nuts, you brought it on yourselves. And, once again, everything is regulated. Idiots that claim guns cannot be regulated need to read the constitution, it says it right there.
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    Absolutely guns and ammunition should be taxed, but first get assault rifles banned!!!
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    We used guns to fight against taxation without representation, and this proposal is taxing the means to defend ourselves against a tyrannical government
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    Absolutely not. That will do nothing to curb or stop gun violence. It will only punish the lawful gun owners in America.
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    Hell NO! Quit targeting lawful gun owners. Spend money on mental health issues, and anti-bullying support at schools.
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    DO NOT PENALIZE LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS!
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    Govt needs to stop its ever encri2of Sec Ammendment rights. So, NO. NO ADDITIONAL TAXES.
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