Uneducated Demands to Tax Guns, But We Already Do That….Duh

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Stupid Greedy David Hogg
Mr. Hogg and others who want a federal tax on firearms and ammunition, would be well-served by spending a bit of time researching an idea before they start issuing demands.

Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)-  David Hogg wants a federal tax on firearms and ammunition. He has repeatedly broached the idea, including multiple times on Twitter, and only sometimes suggests a use for the tax revenue. Hogg’s tweets on a federal gun tax include references to implementing the same sort of licensing and permitting requirements as the government requires to drive a car or funding “gun violence” research.

We’ve previously addressed the problem with comparing “gun violence” and motor vehicle accidents or smoking, and the problem with anti-gun research, so we’ll focus exclusively on Hogg’s tax idea.

Except it isn’t Hogg’s idea. The idea of a tax on firearms and ammunition predates Hogg by about a hundred years. A moment on Google would have shown Mr. Hogg as much.

The Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax (FAET) was first imposed in 1919. In 1937, the Pittman-Robertson Act directed all revenue from FAET and related excise taxes to be used for hunting-related activities. The FAET includes a 10% tax on the sale price of pistols and revolvers and 11% of the sale price of other firearms and ammunition, and 11% tax on archery equipment. The tax is applied whether or not the equipment is likely to be used for hunting. The U.S. Department of the Treasury Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau provides an informative reference guide, and the Congressional Research Service compiled a report on the tax and relevant legislative proposals just this past March.

The Pittman-Robertson Act funds acquisition and improvement of wildlife habitat, introduction of wildlife into suitable habitat, research into wildlife problems, surveys and inventories of wildlife problems, acquisition and development of access facilities for public use, and hunter education programs, including construction and operation of public target ranges.

More than $12 billion has been collected under the Pittman-Robertson Act of 1937, including more than $761 million in fiscal year 2017 alone. Revenues from the tax are placed into the Wildlife Restoration Trust Fund and distributed to the states and U.S. territories.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearms industry trade association, put together an informative video about how the excise tax supports conservation efforts and an infographic showing how the money collected from under the Act has impacted species. Spoiler alert: the white-tailed deer population went from 500,000 in 1900 to 32 million today, and the waterfowl population grew from few to 44 million. There are similar success stories for other species, all made possible through the excise tax on firearms and ammunition.

The Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax is public information, as is the distribution of funds. Awareness of the tax may be low, but that doesn’t make the tax any less real. More than three-quarters of a billion dollars was collected last year; such an amount does not go unnoticed, particularly by the state wildlife agencies that depend on that funding for research and conservation efforts.

Mr. Hogg and others who want a federal tax on firearms and ammunition, would be well-served by spending a bit of time researching an idea before they start issuing demands.

 

How Wildlife is Thriving Because of Guns & Hunting

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  • 28 thoughts on “Uneducated Demands to Tax Guns, But We Already Do That….Duh

    1. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, David Hogg and the delusional mob that vote for communists are the result of 45 years of treasonous education, and brain washing in American schools and colleges. unless these types are expunged, we in this country have NO FUTURE.

      1. @dg, even longer! Since Woodrow Wilson wanting to “progress beyond the Constitution” movement. Cleverly called progressives, and who doesn’t want to be progressive! By expunged, I hope you mean sent back to the crib to make a dishonest living.

    2. Afterall, the bone head can’t even get into college because he can’t pass the entrance exam. I guess that is what the S. Commiefornia education system did for him. He is dumber than a fence post and just keeps running his commie mouth while tax dollars paid to his parents are keeping him from being homeless. Ignorant POS.

        1. @ Robert Messmer I beg your pardon, when this tragedy occured it was well published he went to and graduated from school in Commiefornia. Even a picture showed him during graduation. Anyway, who cares he is just a punk paid for by Soros or Bloomturd. I refuse to mention his name and I am leaning away from pork, also.

          1. @RM and Tcat, He was never at a school shooting in any of the fifty states, so it does not matter which one that he was not at. Absent financial support, he could not survive a job at the Duncan Donut shift.

    3. Hey, If your name sounded like hog (a pig) you would have a shitty attitude towards everyone–so does this twerp.

    4. This boy is a perfect example of how an extremely corrupt government education system is failing our children. This is why we need legal immigration. Our kids are too stupid.

    5. The power to tax is a power to destroy. Some of our young have learned this. We should assure that current tax on firearms is been properly used for stated purpose.

    6. Just goes to show how much of a dumbass Yorkshire is,no I take that back. Yorkshire is a true genuine hog,not a want to be hog.That Hogg disgraces the hog name.

    7. Why do we continue to extend this teenagers 15 minutes of fame? He should be ignored as he is just trolling gun owners to keep his celebrity.

    8. What can you expect from an idot that jumps on a band wagon before he learns anything about the tune the band is playing just so his name is mentioned

    9. Fine, then let’s INCREASE the tax on guns and ammo. Can’t hurt anybody except the gun cranks. Hunting has dropped by 30%, we need those higher taxes to take up the slack funding all these great causes you pat yourselves on the backs about with lower collections of hunting license fees.

      do your civic duty and contribute more. I’m all for it.

      1. You Libtards love to “tax” everybody to death for things they DON’T want… like a $1000 bucks if we don’t want to choose a health plan for a season or so. I’m not saying this should happen, but why don’t we then just tax every household that DOESN’T have a gun to protect themselves, for just wanting to potentially invite crime as gun free zones do?

          1. sweden had such a low crime rate, they had to import crime from elsewhere to keep up with the rest of europe.

    10. So Mr. Hogg and others want a federal tax on firearms and ammunition. This would accomplish nothing to make our society safe, but would only keep the poor from being able to protect their selves and their families. Criminals do not purchase their firearms and ammunition, they steal it and the rich, well they have the money to buy what ever they want or hire body guards to protect their selves and their families. The only thing this Tax would accomplish is to leave poor Law-Abiding citizens to the mercy of criminals and an out of control criminal government and turn us all back into slaves.
      “The Racist Roots of Gun Control”
      https://www.encounterbooks.com/features/racist-roots-gun-control/

    11. Any tax on a Right is unConstitutional…these taxes need to be challenged in front of the Supreme Court…. Murdock v Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling made this clear….start calling the U.S. Surpeme Court….they have over sight of the lower courts, and the lower courts are blatantly ignoring Supreme Court rulings on gun rights…Heller, McDonald, Miller, Caetano v Massachusett…..and even Scalia’s dissent when the court refused to hear Friedman v Highland park where he specifically stated that the AR-15 rifle is a protected weapon under the 2nd Amendment…he states it by name…..citing Heller and Miller……

      Here is Murdock v Pennsylvania…where the Supreme Court states you can’t be taxed to exercise a Right…

      https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/319/105/

      A State may not impose a charge for the enjoyment of a right granted by the Federal Constitution.
      – The flat license tax here involved restrains in advance the Constitutional liberties of press and religion, and inevitably tends to suppress their exercise

    12. “Uneducated Demands to Tax Guns, But We Already Do That….Duh”

      How is Hoggboy,sitting around in his pajamas,sipping coco,picking a Obama care plan to know that.

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