Warren Gun Plan: Tax Them, Take Them, Turn Right into Regulated Privilege

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, shown here at a CNN Town Hall event, has a grand scheme for guns and their owners if elected president in 2020. (Screen capture, YouTube, CNN)

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- Having surged lately in the polls, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is again touting her gun control agenda that includes licensing of gun owners, waiting periods, increasing taxes on guns and ammunition, limiting firearm purchases, raising the minimum purchasing age, banning so-called “assault weapons” and full capacity magazines.

This was all spelled out in a detailed proposal bylined by Warren at Medium.com some weeks ago, and now it is coming back into focus thanks to a brief mention at CNSNews.com.

There are so many points to the Warren gun control plan that it takes a while getting through them. But a quick read reveals that Warren can’t tell the difference between a constitutionally-protected fundamental right and a government-regulated privilege. Here are the highlights, in her own words:

“When I am president,” Warren writes, “I will send Congress comprehensive legislation containing our best ideas about what will work to reduce gun violence.

“It starts by ensuring that safe, responsible ownership is the standard for everyone who chooses to own a gun. We’ll do that by:

  • Creating a federal licensing system. States with strict licensing requirements experience lower rates of gun trafficking and violence. A license is required to drive a car, and Congress should establish a similarly straightforward federal licensing system for the purchase of any type of firearm or ammunition.
  • Requiring universal background checks. I’ll expand background checks via executive action — but Congress should act to permanently mandate universal background checks. And I’ll push Congress to close the so-called “Charleston loophole” that allows a sale to proceed after three days even if the background check is not complete.
  • Increasing taxes on gun manufacturers. Since 1919, the federal government has imposed an excise tax on manufacturers and importers of guns and ammunition. Handguns are taxed at 10% and other guns and ammunition are taxed at 11%. These taxes raise less in revenue than the federal excise tax on cigarettes, domestic wine, or even airline tickets. It’s time for Congress to raise those rates — to 30% on guns and 50% on ammunition — both to reduce new gun and ammunition sales overall and to bring in new federal revenue that we can use for gun violence prevention and enforcement of existing gun laws.
  • Establishing a real waiting period. Waiting periods prevent impulsive gun violence, reducing gun suicides by 7–11% and gun homicides by 17%. Over the past 5 years, a national handgun waiting period would have stopped at least 4,550 gun deaths. The federal government should establish a one-week waiting period for all firearm purchases.
  • Capping firearms purchases. About one out of four of firearms recovered at the scene of a crime were part of a bulk purchase. Congress should limit the number of guns that can be purchased to one per month, similar to a Virginia law that successfully reduced the likelihood of Virginia-bought guns being used in criminal activity.
  • Creating a new federal anti-trafficking law. Congress should make clear that trafficking firearms or engaging in “straw purchases” — when an individual buys a gun on behalf of a prohibited purchaser — are federal crimes. This would give law enforcement new tools to crack down on gun trafficking and help keep guns out of the wrong hands.
  • Raising the minimum age for gun purchases. I’ll extend existing age requirements to virtually all sales, but federal law is currently conflicting — for example, a person must be 21 to purchase a handgun from a federally licensed dealer, but only 18 to purchase a rifle. Congress should set the federal minimum age at 21 for all gun sales.

Questions immediately arise:

What other constitutionally-enumerated fundamental right requires obtaining a license before it can be exercised by a U.S. citizen?

Since when have criminals bothered with background checks, “universal” or otherwise? Doesn’t this amount to a back-door registration system?

Is it constitutional to place a burdensome tax on the exercise of a fundamental right? There is nothing in the Bill of Rights about smoking, making wine or flying on an airplane. There is something there about the right to keep and bear arms.

What other constitutionally-protected right requires a waiting period before it may be exercised? Should there be waiting periods on “breaking news” reports? How about voting? Perhaps abortion?

Maybe on being able to speak to an attorney if you’re charged with a crime?

What other rights may be exercised only once each month?

Aren’t there already laws against trafficking in firearms? What would a new law do that an existing law doesn’t already accomplish?

If someone can vote at age 18, join the military and be issued a firearm by the government, buy a car, get married, start a business and be considered mature enough to make those decisions, why shouldn’t they be considered mature enough to buy a firearm?

Under Warren’s bylined agenda, “Congress should again ban the future production, sale, and importation of military-style assault weapons, and require individuals already in possession of assault weapons to register them under the National Firearms Act. Just as we did successfully with machine guns after the passage of that law, we should establish a buyback program to allow those who wish to do so to return their weapon for safe disposal, and individuals who fail to register or return their assault weapon should face penalties.” (Emhasis added.)

Senator Warren also has a dislike of the National Rifle Association, as evidenced by her vow to “break the NRA’s stranglehold on Congress by passing sweeping anti-corruption legislation and eliminating the filibuster so that our nation can no longer be held hostage by a small group of well-financed extremists who have already made it perfectly clear that they will never put the safety of the American people first.”

And, if elected, she will “investigate the NRA and its cronies.” Warren notes the NRA “is accused of exploiting loopholes in federal laws governing non-profit spending to divert member dues into lavish payments for its board members and senior leadership. I’ll appoint an attorney general committed to investigating these types of corrupt business practices, and the banks and third-party vendors — like Wells Fargo — that enabled the NRA to skirt the rules for so long.”

Warren, like other Democrats now running for president, isn’t challenged by the media on any of these points. The same media has adopted the gun prohibition lobby’s lexicon, it appears, by reporting on gun control efforts as “gun safety” or “gun reform.”

Is it time for Warren to face the kind of scrutiny she would apply to citizens hoping to purchase firearms and exercise their rights under the Second Amendment and most state constitutions?


Washington State Gun Owners Under Siege, Can They Fight Back?

Dave Workman

About Dave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.


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There’s only ONE thing to say in this debate:-
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
It therefore follows that any infringement of the right to bear arms is a threat to the security of a free State.


Yes Steve, that is correct. And that goes all the way back to when the Government first starting regulating who was allowed to manufacture firearms. If you want to go even further back, the Supreme court violated it on several occasions in the 1800’s.

Get Out

Tuned into the democratic debate last night when they asked O’Rourke how he’d enforce his gun confiscation statement ‘Hell Yes, We’re Going To Take Your AR-15’, the buffoon pranced around the question and couldn’t give an answer to the question, still no answer even when it was asked a second time how he’d enforce taking the guns… Then the other buffoons Buttigieg, Warren, Booker, Yang, Harris etc. weighed in on the same question and they were unable to give a viable answer of how to get the weapons either. IMOA, The moderators continually fail to ask them all how would… Read more »


Bish, are you retarded?


God, please save us from our own stupidity.


Will, don`t hold your breath waiting on republicans to man up, it aint gonna happen. They are candy ass.


Will, I don`t know why, but you are right, they are useless cowards who never challenge the democrats when they lie !


No ID to vote but to buy guns. This is RACIST.


Man who set his house on fire and killed two firemen in upstate NY, he was felon, his girlfriend purchased the rifle, an AR, and got only two years for straw purchase.
She should have gotten accessory to murder x 2.


Anti-Trafficking law Gee didn’t we have an AG running guns in fast and furious deal

I Am Become Death

“What other constitutionally-enumerated fundamental right requires obtaining a license before it can be exercised by a U.S. citizen?” Driving is a privilege, not a “constitutionally-enumerated right.” A CCW, or whatever they call it in some states, is a privilege. Fundamental rights? Never heard of them. There is the right to self-defense but it is nothing more than the recognition that no matter how you neutralize an opponent intent on bodily harm, you cannot be held liable. In India they consider these rights to be “fundamental.” Right to Equality, Right to Freedom, Right against Exploitation, Right to Freedom of Religion, Cultural… Read more »


You’re a complete idiot! First of all, ALL of our rights are fundamental. They are what our freedoms are based on and why many were reiterated in the Bill of Rights. Secondly, the Supreme Court has already established that “driving” for personal travel is a RIGHT, and that the states cannot force an individual to be licensed. Additionally, a “driver’s license” is a violation of the “title of nobility” clause, as also specified by another SCOTUS decision. And just like the federal government and most of the states are violating our right to bear arms, they are likewise in violation… Read more »


And those Supreme Courts cases are?

Gene Ralno

She howls about “gun violence” but she’s too late. Use of the term “gun violence” is part of the democrat flimflam because it narrows the focus to fit the objective. The objective of course is to disarm the American public. Think about it. Have you ever heard the term “gun gentleness” used by a politician or anyone else? No? Then ask yourself why the democrat party doesn’t focus on just violence instead of gun violence. Fact is they’re after guns, not violence. They couldn’t care less about the entire field of violence because it commingles criminals with peaceable, lawful citizens… Read more »


And, Pocohontas was forever known as the president that sparked the Second American Civil War.


Was? Or would be? Because she isn’t the President.

I Am Become Death

He does seem certain, or just a bit out over his Big Wheel.

I Am Become Death

What does your crystal ball say about her running mate, the VP?



Capn Dad

So if we want to eliminate guns then eliminate them all. No guns for cops, no guns for movie star bodyguards, no guns for capitol police no guns for nobody. No guns period. Seems the cops here lately are shooting a lot of innocent people so maybe we should start disarming them first. Besides, if no one is allowed to have a gun then the cops don’t need one. Issue them clubs or hammers.

I Am Become Death

We can’t unring a bell, get the toothpaste back in the tube, (not all of it anyway) and you may have heard of Pandora’s Box. The Greek mythology Pandora, not the red-headed dancer who goes by that name at everyone’s local strip joint. It will never happen. If you aren’t hysterical or given to hysteria, the constitutional prohibitions against enacting Ex Post Facto laws, state and federal, should put you at ease, unless you are partial to running around with your hair on fire, if you are lucky enough to still grow hair on your head. Try to remain calm… Read more »


SHE IS a many time incredible provable liar! A genuine left wing Democrat Party nut case. But a good marginal Communist and heavy duty socialist–so is this what everyday democrats are going to vote for–then if they do they are every bit as evil as she is to our freedoms! Thse top Democrats are very dangerous people!

D. L.

RE Expanded Background Check
Before I would even discuss background check I would add a provision to the bill .
To prevent straw purchases, to prevent some prohibited individual using phony I’D from purchasing a firearm, The purchaser must use their New Federal Voter Identification card which has biometric verification on it.
That’s right, if you’re NOT interested in stopping voter fraud which is a serious problem then you don’t get to talk about firearm background checks.

I Am Become Death

At the federal level, the Help America Vote Act of 2002 requires voter ID for all new voters in federal elections who registered by mail and who did not provide a driver’s license number or the last four digits of a Social Security number that was matched against government records. There is no “Federal Voter Identification.” In fact, it would be ruled unconstitutional because the document is mute on the subject, with the exception of the two federal electoral proscriptions it contains: POTUS and Senators. For better or worse, in their estimable wisdom, the Framers left all other election matters… Read more »

D. L.

I know there is no “Federal Voter Identification” although the Federal Government has mandated Drivers License meet a new federal standard to be accepted by Governmental agencies AND other parties they deem appropriate (TSA ring a bell?).A
None of these requirements are in the constitution AND neither is a requirement of a background check to obtain a firearm, who’s ownership is a constitutional right!


Just to clear up your post, HAVA called for new voters, via mail or on-line, seeking to have their name placed on local voting registration rolls, for the purpose of voting in federal elections, provide some sort of ID confirming their name and address, including but not limited to, drivers license, passport, bank statement, or even a utility bill.

Even then, upon such filing, if they were deemed ineligible, they could still file a provisional ballot and vote if they believed themselves eligible.

After an election, provisional ballots then are reviewed to determine eligibility.


How do you expect them to win elections without voter fraud? Straw purchases, how about prosecuting Holder and company for conspiracy to commit murder, and the murder of the boarder guard for Fast and Furious?


Wouldn’t that be history, Holder and Barry, convicted and sent to Jail, First passed President serving time, too bad it won’t be HARD TIME!!!!!!!!!


Right on, we need all kinds of ID”s to do anything, most with a picture on it, so why are the Demo-Rats so bent on not using ID”S to stop voter fraud, any one having a problem getting one only has to make a call and they will be more than willing to set up transportation to get one, of coarse the Demo-Rats won’t tell anyone about that!!!!!


Poke A Haunt Us sez, sezz she: “break the NRA’s stranglehold on Congress by passing sweeping anti-corruption legislation and eliminating the filibuster so that our nation can no longer be held hostage by a small group of well-financed extremists who have already made it perfectly clear that they will never put the safety of the American people first.” How’s about dealing with certain other classes of poewrful lobbyist? The Big Pharma scam comes readily to mind, as does the NEA, car manufacturers that invent new crazy unneeded stuff then get FedGov to mandate it for all cars…how about the “green”… Read more »


The objective of Elizabeth Warren and her sycophants on the Left, and their international globalist financial backers, is simple: They want America to be the same as every other western European satrapy who lists “rights” in their governing documents, but retain the governmental power to deny them, restrict them, abolish them at its arbitrary whim. This is what tyrants did for fifty centuries before the founding of the first nation in the history of the planet to declare the sovereign personal, individual, private rights of the individual citizen to be beyond the reach of government at any level. In short,… Read more »


Ignorance seems to be the only claim the democrats have for their defense, hopefully the American people are seeing just how ignorant they really are.


She can run, but she can’t hide. Accountability is a bitch.


Well, she lied her way into 1st place in the demosocialist party but I doubt if she can lie her way any further. She has the leftist book learning from her college years and she is trying to apply it to real life. The problem is that it doesn’t work in real life and history will tell anyone that all communism ends up the same way. A few people have everything and the rest picks shit with the chickens. In other words she is just plain too stupid to do the job she is trying to lie her way into.


What the left will never get is that crimes are committed by criminals that don’t give a shit about how you regulate the transferring, selling, and use of a firearm! All these laws do is work to burden the already overburdened lawful citizen who chooses to use a gun, just like they do, oddly enough, in defense of self and others when life and limb is threatened. Another thing they will never understand is that they themselves are not above the law, and will be held accountable to the same standards that they so carelessly impose on everyone else. I… Read more »


“Another thing they will never understand is that they themselves are not above the law,”.
Yet, Hillary, Biden, Gay Rat Obama, Stzrok, and dozens more walk free.
Americans have, by their cowardice and lack of action, created a ruling class that is NOT held accountable.
Cowardice and inaction have their consequences in a Republic.


It is not “cowardice and inaction.” It is the operation of Frederic Douglass’ observation “Find out just what the people will submit to and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”
— Frederick Douglass, civil rights activist, Aug. 4, 1857


In my opinion we are spinning our wheels and shredding our tires by pounding our head against that brick wall (to coin a bunch of metaphors): What you describe as a truth the left will never get is irrelevant: They have no intention of ever “getting” it; it is a scam they are prosecuting, and they know it. Their intent is to destroy any and all rights that are beyond the reach of government and acquire the unchallenged power to issue and deny rights at will. The very idea of a nation founded on liberty under the rule of law… Read more »


Come and get it, Twat-A-Watha!


I believe that Ms Warren should have background checks, financial checks, and veracity checks on her till her eyeballs uncross. She is a lying, hateful, person bent on taking out her personal agenda to gut the Second Amendment. She should be driven back to the coven of witches in Massachusetts she came from. She should not be allowed to speak for the country.


What? The democrats think people like her should live above the laws of the land, that’s why they like her. The left doesn’t want anyone in power they can’t manipulate, that is why they hate Trump so much. Also, the left doesn’t care about the United States of America or our Constitution, a satanic controlled one world order is what they prefer.


You have that 100% correct, Vern.


Those who prefer/demand the OWO/NWO regardless of what political affiliation they have, still choose the satanic direction in which they are heading down. They still believe they are heading for a wealth that is unimagined. Redistribution only works from the bottom up, not the top down, but they don’t tell their constituents that, they might lose some votes. What ever works to get them to the point they don’t worry about votes is what they will do. Looking at the scripture tells those with understanding of them that there isn’t much time left to get things in spiritual order as… Read more »


Congress cannot pass any law that attempts to circumvent the Bill of Rights it would be UNCONSTITUTIONAL!!!


I don’t think they are too concerned with the constitutionality of the matter. Remember, we now have a “living” constitution. It means what we need it to mean at the moment. Understand, it’s for the greater good. Really…


1. EVERY ‘gun control law’ is unconstitutional.
2. Cowardly Americans blithely kneel and lick the hand of the tyrant as they obey the unconstitutional ‘gun control laws’.

The Second Amendment is the ONLY law that commands “..the Right of the People to keep & bear arms shall not be infringed”.

Middle finger mike

In the picture she looks depressed and manic she shouldn’t be able to purchase any firearms lol


Just say “NO” to Communism. Constitutional Rights are being dismantled ever so slightly, continually, and never ending..Vote’em out, or even better, never vote’em in to begin with. Because if we don’t, we’ll all eventually see what “Their” agenda was really all about…”One Step at a Time”..


Not really all that slowly. The Brady Act, for example, purported to reduce our right to keep and bear arms to a revocable government-issued permission, and compelled us to waive our 2nd, 4th, 5th, 9th, and 10th Amendment rights to get that permission — which, btw, government has no lawful power to issue or deny. What is “slowly” is the speed with which the gun-owning public realizes they have been suckered out of their rights. This is the United States of America, governed by a document called the Constitution of the United States, embedded within which, and of equal legal… Read more »


Just one of the evil Democrats competing for Fuhrer of the U.S. Scum like her should never be allowed to manage a Kool Aid stand, much less run for office and make laws.


Warren=Cant Understand Normal Thinking!


Vote democrat, lose your freedoms and be taxed into oblivion. All in search for some utopian dream world which has never nor ever will exist.


Even if this crazy anti American bitc/-/ doesn’t win the election the constitution should be nailed to her chest and then be led to the gallows. It’s really way passed just the 2ND Amendment, this is about stopping these insane people from eliminating all of our rights and our Constitution. Something that you federal narks reading these posts every day took an oath to defend…


All of her prescriptions are based upon magical thinking and not verifiable fact. Her recommendations witll start our next hot civil war. And that is exactly why we need to keep and bear arms and regulate ourselves regularly at the range. Fascism is coming under the banner of Progressive ideology.


I thought all her prescriptions were based on mental retardation?


Okay – how about “magical retardation”?


Sounds like Warren and Beto is the Tyrants our founders warned of!


Hillary had a similar proposal when she ran. I’m still working through my ammo purchases from 2016. Looks like it’s time to stock up again. Also time to get that S&W M&P Compact 2.0. I don’t “need” another 5,000 rounds of 5.56 and 9mm. I don’t need that M&P, but now is the time, before the price goes up and registration becomes part of the purchase. I still kick myself for not getting the Colt AR15A4 before they stopped production (it’s a nostalgia thing.) Of course, confiscation is the longer term plan. Now for the bottom line. We have to… Read more »


@Browserb46….u are absolutely correct in all statements. Those that are backing this clueless wench, and the other Gestapo have no clue just what really is in store for them. I just saw an ad in todays ammoland for the m&p. Have 2, think I’ll grab another one. I now reside within the boundaries of a communist state, and screwsum expanded the red flag laws here taking away our 1St amendment rights. Another ploy to confiscate guns. He also has in the works paperwork for the state to start seizing properties under utilized. I have what I feel as of now,… Read more »


I agree with your premise and the history you present, but I will point out a very important contrary fact: We are the only nation in the world in which we have the RIGHT to put a stop to it. Our rights are superior to and legally beyond the reach of government. They are legally beyond the reach of political judicial appointees and elected legislators. If we want rights, we need to exercise them and stop asking permission.


It’s amazing how the liberal politicians want to take guns, but don’t have the spine to do it themselves AND will protect themselves with ARMED guards! Shameful Anti-American!


They are not liberal. They are collectivists, leftists, socalists, communists but not liberal.


Great article and information Mr. Workman!!!!! Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren equates gun ownership a right to driving a car in this article. As it is known that a drivers license is issued by states to persons , and that license is a privilege not a right A person’s drivers license can be suspended or revoked depending on traffic violations known as point. The Second Amendment isn’t a privilege, IT IS A GOD GIVEN RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She like the other presidential candidates have no clue about legal gun ownership who are responsible, safe, and are also law abiding. She is either ignorant… Read more »


Warren is not ignorant. She is a typical lying, cheating Socialist Democrat politician. The only answer now is 100% voter turnout among Republicans in every election–local, state, and national. If it means you have to use a vacation day to stand in line and vote, it is worth it. We are on the verge of losing not just our Constitutional rights, but our nation.


The biggest problem with voting is the total corruption of the voting system. I will vote, but it really wouldn’t surprise me if it didn’t count.


Yeah, that is my thought, too. How can I trust the “system”?


Using the auto analogy- drivers licence holders are supposedly trained, tested and registered but kill 3 times the amount of people than ‘gun violence’. I don’t see licences being revoked nor cars confiscated from people who are clearly a threat to all of us that share the roadways.


With the amount of firearms in OUR COUNTRY they are going to turn simple hard working freedom loving law abiding American citizens into dangerous and serious threats to Them and their nazi communist party. I believe the saddest time in current America was when Mr. Trey Gowdy removed himself from politics. I was praying that he would run for President and save our country from these people.


I suggested several times he be speaker of the House, Ryan was a disgrace!


Hopefully since he (T.Goudy) has joined Trumps legal team, he may have more pull/push. I’m excited to see him back in the game. He is the only person that has brought to light a law called “congressional harassment”, I think this may be one of the things he’s going for! As for Pocahontas, maybe she should be held to the same standards for lying. If her lips are moving, treasonous *itch! They all should have the destiny of a firing squad, I believe that’s still on the books for committing treason. God bless America!!!


I think he has to wait until January, some stupid law prohibits him for a certain amount of time, not sure but I think its Trumps legal team with Rudy


I completely missed this information and you guys got me excited, I kinda felt that he would in some way make it back into politics but I sure didn’t think it would be this soon! He’s a fighter for the Constitution and the people, President Trump is extremely lucky to have him join his administration.


I believe it’s one of the new “lobbying laws”. The way I see it, it gives him 3 months to get his cases together and start serving some heads of deep state treasonous crooks on silver platters. Another fact, Mr Goudy has never lost a case! 🙂


God-given, correct. According to progressives, even God is outdated and needs a facelift to get “with it” in our culture. So the right to bear arms might be God-given, but even God can be wrong and needs to change to stay relevant.


This idiot witch (or, one of those “_itch” words!) has absolutely NO concept of the term “responsible,” or any sane definition thereof!


What is wrong with this bitch? She’s so far gone from reality, she has no clue what she’s talking about. I love how she pulls these made-up numbers out of her ass to support her idiotic statements…


And in other idiotic socialist news, if they would have just banned fast food 293,456 people could have been saved from cancer in the past 9 years…


Don’t forget those deadly sugary drinks Bloomberg wants to outlaw.


Guns are the new cigarettes. Teaching the sheeple to shame the idea of gun ownership. Start with the little kids, and keep pounding. Guns be bad.


Before registration, many 1000s would have to die! Would this dummycrate be one of them?