Warren Doubles Down on Gun Tax

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Posted by ATR on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019, 4:54 PM PERMALINK

Norquist: “Warren is proposing to dramatically hike the tax on gun ownership and your ability to protect yourself. It is a very high ‘poll tax’ -- a tax so high that it actually cripples the rights of lower income Americans to defend themselves.”

Today at an MSNBC town hall in Nevada, Elizabeth Warren affirmed her plan to impose a steep national gun tax on the American people if elected.

In August, Warren said a goal of her gun tax plan is “to reduce new gun and ammunition sales” through the imposition of a 30 percent federal gun tax and a 50 percent federal ammunition tax.

Under her plan, an American seeking a $400 shotgun to protect their household would face a tax burden of $120, for a total cost of $520.

As noted in a Washington Times op-ed by Americans for Tax Reform’s Emmanuel Sessegnon, the Warren gun tax will disarm the poor:

Who would be unable to buy guns because of the Warren gun tax? Certainly not the oft-mentioned “millionaires and billionaires” she claims to want to stick it to. Many poor households will be unable to afford a gun to protect their home.  

It’s obvious which group Sen. Warren is targeting. Her tax targets those among us who are already the most vulnerable. Many people under the poverty line live in dangerous neighborhoods. While rich liberals like Ms. Warren can afford private security guards, the rest of us need to be able to defend ourselves. 

MSNBC host Craig Melvin today asked Warren: “You’ve also talked about raising taxes on the purchase of guns. Raising taxes on ammunition as well. What’s the thinking there, where would the revenue go. Is part of the thinking perhaps, making guns more expensive might keep guns out of the hands of some people as well?”

Warren acknowledged her gun tax and said it was aimed at “areas that we know historically there’s been gun violence.”

As ATR’s Sessegnon points out in his op-ed, the leading gun tax proponent in congress also has a goal to disarm Americans through taxation:

Meanwhile in Congress, Democrat Danny Davis is sponsoring gun tax legislation. His confiscatory intentions are the same as Ms. Warren’s as shown by a statement he made last year: 

So if rich people can only get firearms then only rich people would be able to pay the price and if that could prevent some people from getting them, I’d want to prevent all people from getting them,” he told The Daily Caller. “But if rich people were willing and would continue to pay the high price, then I’d be happy that we kept the other group from getting them.

Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist said, “Warren is proposing to dramatically hike the tax on gun ownership and your ability to protect yourself. It is a very high ‘poll tax’ -- a tax so high that it actually cripples the rights of lower income Americans to defend themselves.”

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