More than two dozen House Democrats put forward legislation Friday that would slap "assault weapons" and high-capacity magazines with a 1,000% excise tax, a change that would raise the price of a $500 weapon to $5,000 in a bid to reduce access to guns across the country.
Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., and 24 other House Democrats introduced the legislation Friday. It’s the second time Democrats have put forward the idea.
Beyer and 37 Democrats proposed the same idea last year when Democrats controlled the House, but it never moved.
The text of Beyer’s new bill was not out as of the weekend, and it was unclear if any changes were made from his 2022 version. His bill from last year imposed the tax on any magazine or related device that can accept more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
Roger Krahl, president of RGuns, left, gives information to Zack Johnson about an RGuns-brand TRR15 model rifle at Krahl's gun store in Carpentersville, Ill. A bill from Democrats would impose a 1,000% excise tax on semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity magazines. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
The same 1,000% tax would be imposed on any "semiautomatic assault weapon," which last year’s bill defined as a semiautomatic rifle or pistol with a fixed magazine of 10 rounds or more or that have other various features.
Under that rule, a weapon that normally costs $2,000 would force customers to pay more than $20,000, a change Beyer argued last year could help "curb the epidemic of gun violence."
"Congress must take action to stem the flood of weapons of war into American communities, which have taken a terrible toll in Uvalde, Buffalo, Tulsa and too many other places," Beyer said then. "Again and again assault weapons designed for use on the battlefield have been used in mass shootings at schools, grocery stores, hospitals, churches, synagogues, malls, theaters, bars and so on."
Rep. Don Beyer, a Virginia Democrat, reintroduced his legislation Friday to impose a 1,000% tax on guns and high-capacity magazines. (Fox News Digital)
The National Rifle Association has argued gun control advocates invented the term "assault weapon" to "deliberately confuse the public and advance the political cause of gun control." The NRA says the term "assault rifle" applies only to automatic weapons, while gun control advocates are looking to put controls on semi-automatic weapons.
Fully automatic weapons discharge rounds continuously while the trigger is pulled, and the NRA has said these weapons are used by the U.S. armed services but are not easily obtained by the public, unlike semi-automatic weapons that fire just a single round.
Beyer’s new bill was introduced a day after more than 100 Democrats told House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., they are "disappointed" that House GOP leaders haven’t moved any legislation this year to curb gun ownership in America.
Democrats this week urged House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to pass gun control legislation, but Republican leaders haven't given any indication they will. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
"As Members of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, we call on you to schedule votes on gun violence prevention legislation as soon as possible this year," they wrote in a public letter to McCarthy.
"Gun violence is the leading cause of death of children in America since 2020. Last year, 1,686 children were killed and another 4,485 were injured by gun violence," the letter added. "Despite this preventable carnage, the House has yet to vote on even one gun violence prevention bill."
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X = $500 [cost of rifle] + (1000% X $500) [tax]
X = $500 + $5,000
X = $5,500
I guess they don’t teach math to journalism majors? Or did the editor miss that if you accept the number, then the claim should be that the tax would raise the cost by $5,000 instead of to $5,000
Zero chance of happening, just more virtue signaling. Why not propose a 10,000% tax or require human sacrifice?
Go big or go home.
What part of "...Shall not be infringed" don't you understand???
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Can't blame 'em for trying.
No way this is ever going anywhere and is not even close to resembling anything Constitutional.
It's just Commies virtue signaling.
Maybe someone should tell these stupid motherfuckers that guns are not the problem; hell, even throw in that despite there being literally mega-millions of so called “assault weapons” in law abiding hands, they are virtually unused in violent crimes.
If they keep trying to remove the second amendment, perhaps they should be on the receiving end of what the founding fathers envisioned having an armed populace was really for. Liars, cowards, and traitors all.
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Politicians have been doing things like this for years.. they submit a bill for law that does not have one chance in hell of passing... if for not other reason than that it is unconstitutional and will never even make it through the process of coming to a vote... then when election time comes they can say they tried to do something 'good' but your enemies defeated it.
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Shit like this is part (but only part) of the reason no one respects politicians.
There should be a house rule that anyone who introduces a farcical bill should be ritually punched in the head by the Speaker (or his or her designee) until said bill is withdrawn, and the offending member has shit himself, herself, itself or xe.
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I HOPE everyone realizes the NFA tax stamp is the ORIGINAL COST from back in 1934 - when a Thompson sub machinegun COST $200!
So this is hardly news.
What's an assault weapon?
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