Anti-gun Politicians Seek to Tax Your 2A Rights Into Oblivion

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The NRA-ILA argues – rightfully so – that severely taxed rights are defacto banned. IMG NRA-ILA

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- In 1819, Chief Justice John Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court famously wrote:  “the power to tax involves the power to destroy ….”

This truism has not been lost on firearm prohibitionists, who when unable to ban guns outright have often tried to tax them out of reach of the average citizen.

Earlier this year, Democrat Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey actually did try to exploit panic over the COVID-19 outbreak to ban firearm salesFailing at that, however, he is now proposing exponential tax increases on constitutionally protected arms. This should surprise no one, being that Joe Biden – the Democrat candidate for the White House – is proposing similar measures.
Ironically, both Murphy and Biden insist that they are champions of the poor, the disenfranchised, and the oppressed. Needless to say, however, these are the very groups whose Second Amendment rights will suffer the most if these taxation schemes are enacted.

New Jersey residents seeking to buy firearms are already subject to a slew of onerous prior restraints, including fees for permits, along with the associated costs of fingerprinting and lengthy waiting periods for “processing.”

An article in Guns.com now reports that Murphy’s budget plan would raise the price of a pistol purchase permit by a factor of 24, while the firearms identification card needed for the purchase of a long gun would increase by a factor of nearly 20.

Put another way, buying a gun in New Jersey would become some 2,000 times more expensive under the plan!

But that’s not all. The governor is also seeking to raise firearm dealer licensing and manufacturing fees (on top of those already required by the federal government) by a factor of 10. The governor’s budget plan itself additionally mentions “implementing excise taxes on firearms and ammunition” in unspecified amounts.

Many families struggling with the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic and seeking a firearm as a margin of protection against increasing social unrest would simply be out of luck.
And that’s exactly the way Murphy wants it. “[A] safer society, for my taste, has fewer guns and not more guns,” Murphy infamously said in March. When confronted by the manifest hypocrisy of this sentiment when he himself was appearing with armed bodyguards at his side, Murphy flippantly replied: “It is what it is.”

But let’s be clear “what it is” with this proposal: a determined attempt to deprive the most vulnerable residents of New Jersey of their Second Amendment rights, just when record numbers of Americans across the political and cultural spectrums are concluding they need them the most.

In this, Murphy is right in step with his party’s nominee for the White House.

Joe Biden – ludicrously marketed to Middle America as a “moderate” – plans to ban the manufacture, sale, and possession of a host of popular semiautomatic firearms, including the most popular one of all, the iconic AR-15. For those who already own such guns, Biden would extend an offer that could not be refused, except on pain of federal imprisonment: surrender them to the government for whatever compensation might be offered or pay $200 to register them in a national database. This $200 per unit tax would also apply to each firearm magazine that could hold more than 10 rounds.

So, for example, the owner of a single AR-15 with 5 standard capacity magazines who wanted to keep his or her property would be hit with a $1,200 tax bill. And this doesn’t even take into account any other registration and fingerprinting costs.

A firearm enthusiast with even a moderate collection of semiautomatic long guns and magazines could easily owe tens of thousands of dollars.

Even a left-leaning editorialist in the Washington Post had to admit the “uncomfortable” truth when evaluating this plan:

Regardless of one’s opinion on guns and gun control, it is obvious that this proposal will disproportionately impact poor and working-class communities. Those within those communities who already own firearms would be robbed of their ability to protect themselves and their loved ones, while their wealthier counterparts would skate by on their ready piles of cash. * * * In effect, Biden’s plan sets in motion a “war on guns,” the same way his predecessors declared wars on “poverty,” “crime” and “terror” — wars in which it was inevitably black and brown people who were the real targets.

On this point, at least, we can agree.

Despite what anti-gun politicians like Murphy and Biden might think, the Second Amendment is the birthright of ALL Americans, not just those who have the riches to pay whatever taxes anti-gun politicians try to levy on its exercise.


National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

About NRA-ILA:

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit: www.nra.org

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CourageousLion
CourageousLion
11 days ago

In 1934 a tax was added to the purchase of a “machine gun” in order to do the very same thing. Tax it out of the reach of the average person. Value of $200 from 1934 to 2020According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer price index, today’s prices in 2020 are 1,833.59% higher than average prices since 1934. The U.S. dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 3.50% per year during this period, causing the real value of a dollar to decrease. In other words, $200 in 1934 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $3,867.18 in 2020, a… Read more »

Elisa Delaurenti
Elisa Delaurenti
11 days ago

Here in Montana, we’ve got a hard core communist Californian (Berkeley, no less!) running for Congress named Kathleen Williams. This bone headed commie has proposed a $200M tax on Montana’s gun owners!

StLPro2A
StLPro2A
11 days ago

Tax Your 2A Rights Into Oblivion??? Maybe 2A your politicians into oblivion….worked well with the British. Oh, Patriot!!! Another round of 2A please. And, that probability is why politicians fear/hate the 2A so much.
First American Revolution over taxation without representation.
Second American Revolution over taxation by representation……
OK,……and a plethora of other tyrannies.

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
10 days ago
Reply to  StLPro2A

Taxation with representation? Since when have they EVER represented the people? All they represent is an embodiment of a psychopathic control freak.

Joe
Joe
11 days ago

The solution is to remove these tyrants from office, one way or another !!

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
10 days ago
Reply to  Joe

It is heading to “another”.

MICHAEL J
MICHAEL J
11 days ago

Unreasonable taxes and fees are just a couple of ways democrats infringe on the 2nd Amendment. The list is a long as their lifetime careers and their ability to remain in office is a testament on how easily the system is to manipulate.

Dig Sig
Dig Sig
11 days ago

I can’t understand why people like this tyrant gets elected in the 1st place. Its like if you put a frog in a pan of warm water its happy and content as you slowly turn up the heat it just sets there until its to late,verses putting a frog in a hot pot of water it will jump out. Since being on ammoland New Jersey is always in the news about the state trying to infringe again on law abiding citizens 2nd amendment.They are slowly trying to make it impossible for a law abiding citizen to exercise their constitutional right.if… Read more »

Joe
Joe
11 days ago
Reply to  Dig Sig

This will continue as long as the children are BRAIN WASHED in our schools by these Marxist so called teachers that are allowed in our schools !!

Elisa Delaurenti
Elisa Delaurenti
11 days ago
Reply to  Joe

Yep. Unfettered…. Just wait until these “educators” have crapped out another several millions of these mind washed marxist useful idiot voters. It does not take a tempest prognosticator to see where we’re all headed.

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
10 days ago
Reply to  Dig Sig

If Karl Marx didn’t think that government school was a good idea, he wouldn’t have made it the 10th plank of the communist manifesto. And to think that we expect teachers teaching under the 10th plank are going to teach something else. That’s a laugh. That is why we home schooled four boys and my wife gave up a million dollars to do so over a 20 year period. She was an RN and $50,000 x 20 = what? You actually have to CARE for your children to do that. It is SOOOOO much easier to send them to the… Read more »

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
11 days ago

Eventually people are going to get tired of the bullshit and start carrying without paying for anything. They will not care if they get a felony out of it because they didn’t commit a crime hurting anyone or threatening anyone with a gun so in turn, they won’t go to jail, they wont have to pay bail to get out and they will get a new illegal gun tomorrow and their police record will show that they had a previous felony for carrying a gun without a permit therefore letting police know that his felony is his forever permit. Oh… Read more »

Joe
Joe
11 days ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

EXACTLY !!

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
11 days ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

Try reading what you wrote and then fix it and post it so that it makes sense.

Patriot Solutions
Patriot Solutions
12 days ago

Regulate you out of existence while burning you out has always been their plan. They won’t stop till were dead. Killing us is their life’s ambition. Everybody must die just like it says on those Masonic Illuminati Georgia Guide Stones.