Democrat Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) proposed legislation that will place a $100 tax per firearm.
It’s another good way of getting guns out of the hands of law abiding Americans and into the hands of criminals.
Only a Democrat would think this is a good idea.
A new bill would tax gun owners at a rate of $100 per firearm with proceeds going towards anti-violence and mental health programs.
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Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-NY., said the measure would reduce the number of guns in circulation and providing needed funding for programs aimed at reducing violence. The legislation will be introduced in the U.S. House this week.
“Gun violence is a plague on our city that shatters lives and tears families apart,” Velázquez said. “This bill will take meaningful steps to address the issue, reducing the flow of guns on the street, empowering law enforcement to better track missing weapons, while investing in community anti-violence programs.”
Velazquez’s proposal would assess a $100 federal tax on the sale of all new firearms. Revenue generated from the tax would go to the Department of Justice for safety and mental health improvement grants.
“If making guns more expensive means fewer end up in commerce, I’m happy with that result,” Velázquez said. “However, if guns are going to be sold, then those purchasing and selling them should pay for programs that can reduce the incidence of gun violence in our local communities.”