Anti-Gun Politicians Seek to Tax Your Second Amendment Rights Away

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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.


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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donfranko
donfranko
1 month ago

Have my fingers crossed that our upgraded SCOTUS will take cases now that will give them a chance to protect our rights. ALL our rights. IN FULL. Without infringements. Excessive taxes to prohibit gun sales and ownership is a violation of our 2A right. SCOTUS will have a chance to show us it is THE PEOPLE who are in charge of the government. Failing that, we have only one last resort, a horrible option, but one we must be prepared to use if that time comes. God bless our troops, vets, and law officers (the ones who still believe in… Read more »

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
1 month ago

I would reply, but I don’t know how to spell a “Bronx Cheer.”

MICHAEL J
MICHAEL J
1 month ago

California has effectively reduced and continues to systematically remove new handguns from being sold. A series of restrictions to limit the buyer and manufacturer on different fronts.
Add the CADOJ requirements: gun restriction roster, permission to buy a gun card, background checks on ammunition and the latest gun parts restrictions.
Next, long guns.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  MICHAEL J

Unless you are a LEO. If you are a LEO, you can buy off-roster handguns. If you are a LEO, you can even sell the off-roster handguns to non-LEOs.

For some reason, the BATFE is not prosecuting these LEOs for being in the business of buying firearms with the intent of selling them for a profit (and then doing so) even though they do not have FFLs.

Isn’t it weird that government employees get special privileges and when they abuse those privileges, other government employees don’t prosecute them?

Wass
Wass
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

It’s called “elitism”. That’s the true aim of the Left, not equality.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  Wass

Yes, equality is most definitely not the objective of Totalitarians.

MICHAEL J
MICHAEL J
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

You are exactly right. Some cops have been prosecuted in LA for that very thing. Those are the true loopholes.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  MICHAEL J

Michael J, correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought the LEOs in LA and San Diego were prosecuted for breaking the state law that indicated they could only sell so many per year and they went over that limit.

I wasn’t aware that the BATFE prosecuted them for buying and selling firearms with the intent to make a profit without an FFL.

I may be wrong on that though.

Also, I wonder if all the LEOs in CA that are making money selling off-roster handguns are reporting the profits as income. Where is the IRS?

CDR-C
CDR-C
1 month ago

This feels and smells a lot like a poll tax – the Jim Crow laws that prevented poor people (i.e., black) from voting – and these laws were found to be unconstitutional. Same for literacy / civics tests to allow people to vote.

Even the current licensing and training fees / requirements – cost money to exercise a fundamental right.

Firearms ownership and carrying should be easy – if you can vote, you can own and carry any firearm. Bring the requirements / qualifications together.

Rights are rights.

Sandy
Sandy
1 month ago

The people should rise up over the Bill of Rights violation going on. We started on a slippery slope when the people allowed the first unconstitutional law regulating the ownership and use of firearms to be enforced. The Founders all declared on numerous occasions that the Bill of Rights is a documentation of GOD given rights no person shall tamper with in any way. That means no politician, no city, state, or central government official and no black robed tyrant murmuring from the bench shall in anyway hinder a citizen from purchasing, owning or carrying the weapon of his or… Read more »

Renov8
Renov8
2 months ago

Biden will never step foot in the White House…

If and when they decide to come for us…give them the pointy part first.

Gun laws are an affront to our Constitution…we are all criminals in their eyes…maybe we start acting like they do, ignore the law and give them some of their own medicine.

tetejaun
tetejaun
2 months ago

Probably not. BOTH the traitor China Joe Biden and Kamala “I’ll do anything for money and power” Harris have repeatedly said they will ban guns, especially all semi-autos, on the first day via executive order, have you all forgotten? Since politicians and American citizens have refused to enforce and support the Constitution and laughed at the idea of a communist America, Joe & Kamala can do so at will and the thousands of democrat ‘anti-America activist’ “judges”, democrats have been placing for decades, will gladly grant ‘constitutionality’ to their actions, just as they did for the gay rat Kenyan, Obama.… Read more »

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Quatermain
Quatermain
2 months ago

IF, big IF, Biden is installed find out where his gun collection centers are to be. Mark the personnel involved and take appropriate action.

ShallNotBeInfringed
ShallNotBeInfringed
1 month ago
Reply to  Quatermain

All dem politicians need to be appropriately marked. All of these big city poll workers responsible for this theft and abrogation of our Republic. ALL OF THEM need to be marked.

WI Patriot
WI Patriot
2 months ago

Have fun with that, the only ones that will suffer are the ill prepared…
Remember the Boston Tea party…??? Well, instead of tea being thrown into the bay, it will be “legislators” being thrown out of office on their collective asses…
Heat up the tar, pluck the feathers, and get the rails ready, it’s gonna be a party…

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
2 months ago

All bullshit. It’s time for good honest citizens to refuse to comply. Buy all the 80 percenters that you can. When they say that they have to be serial numbered say nope. Not at the time when I purchased it and your new law makes mine an antique.

God forbid joe Kamaltoe becomes president.

Cam
Cam
2 months ago

This would equate to a poll tax. Therefore would be unconstitutional. The government can not tax a right. I will not comply. Well that would be so if I still had any guns.