Gun Law Expert Hits Proposal for Special Firearms Sales Tax

Gun Rights Policies with John Snyder
Gun Rights Policies with John Snyder

Titusville, FL –The latest wacko gun-grabbing proposal calls for a special tax on legal sales of firearms by dealers and manufacturers to pay for costs created by the illegal use of firearms,” gun rights expert John M. Snyder noted here today. “Of course the tax would be passed on to legitimate purchasers.”

The proposal came in a New York Times article, “Make Gun Companies Pay Blood Money,” by law professors Lucinda M. Finley and John G. Culhane.

Finley and Culhane want the tax on every firearm sold to go into a “victims of gun violence” fund so that those “who derive a benefit from guns – for hunting, target practice, self-defense or simply collecting” would be forced to pay for the “social costs of their choice.”

Snyder said, “The gun grabbers really are going over the edge. They're probably frustrated with their inability thus far to force the people through Congress to buy into various gun control schemes. Now they're trying to recast gun control as a tax. They want legislatures to force law-abiding gun owners to shoulder burdens created by the criminal use of firearms by criminals.

“Hopefully people won't buy into such inanity.”

As Kimberley A. Strassel wrote in The Wall Street Journal, Finley and Culhane “expressly advocate tying the level of this tax to gun violence – ‘rising when injuries and death increase, and falling when they decrease.' The clear goal would be to force, through ‘economic pressure,' gun manufacturers to curtail the sale of certain ‘lethal guns' or to unilaterally equip their products with ‘safer gun technologies.'

Put another way, those Americans who responsibly exercise one of their most basic freedoms – in this case, the Second Amendment – would be forced to compensate the victims of gun criminals. Go figure.”

Snyder added, “Well-meaning but naïve do-gooders may run the risk of falling for this nonsense. Catholic bishops who get sucked into the ranks of gun controllers may wish to know who some of their political bedfellows are. Finley has represented New York abortion clinics before the U.S. Supreme Court and Culhane has written in support of same sex marriage in legal journals.

“American freedom lovers may recognize that the right to keep and bear arms is the linchpin of our liberty and reject the Finley-Culhane call for this ridiculous tax.”
John M. Snyder
Telum Associates, LLC
Arlington, VA

About John Snyder:
Named the Gun Dean by Human Events, “the senior rights activist in Washington” by Shotgun News, a “champion of the right to self-defense” by The Washington Times, and “dean of gun lobbyists” by The Washington Post and The New York Times, John M. Snyder has spent 45 years as a proponent of the individual Second Amendment civil right to keep and bear arms as a National Rifle Association editor, public affairs director of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, treasurer of the Second Amendment Foundation, and founder of

A former Jesuit seminarian, Snyder is founder/manager of Telum Associates, LL.C., founder/chairman of the St. Gabriel Possenti Society, Inc., a director of Council for America, and serves on the boards of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and the American Federation of Police & Concerned Citizens. He is also the author of the book Gun Saint. Visit:

  • 4 thoughts on “Gun Law Expert Hits Proposal for Special Firearms Sales Tax

    1. What part of “shall not be infringed” does an extra tax for useage sit on well? If they can’t keep us from having guns just tax them beyond the ability of most of us to use them and the effect is — gun contol.

    2. I think we should start a tax on all women with kids so a fund could be started to support abortions. And a tax on married heterosexual—- and on and on…

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