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Bills in Congress seek to raise firearm taxes

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The congressional proposal, a 10% hike on handgun purchases, would generate money for gun buybacks and safety programs.

Many states pursue similar taxes on arms or ammunition.

In Congress, a group of Democrats, led by Rep. Linda T. Sanchez of Lakewood, is pushing for an additional 10% tax on handgun purchases that could generate tens of millions of dollars nationwide to fund gun buybacks, firearms safety campaigns and anti-violence programs.

The proposals are designed after similar taxes placed by federal, state and local governments on cigarettes to fund anti-smoking campaigns and healthcare programs.

"Anything that contributes to balancing out the costs that gun violence exacts on communities is a step in the right direction," said Kristen Rand, legislative director of the Violence Policy Center. "Like cigarettes, guns should be taxed in a manner that takes into account the harm they inflict on society at large."
Ladies of the Second Amendment

"I regard giving as necessary to right the balance" Hu Chung

That's like taxing the first amendment via youtube, facebook, internet forums, etc. I consider any tax on firearms an infringement upon the second amendment (and yes, I consider sales tax as part of this too). Maybe whenever criminals are convicted of violent crimes, then they could be forced to pay an additional court cost for buyback and safety programs? No, no! That would make too much sense!
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No surprise there.....
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