Democrats Propose Bill For Additional Tax On Handguns

Democrats Propose Bill For Additional Tax On HandgunsA pair of Democratic lawmakers are proposing steep new taxes on handguns and ammunition, and tying the revenues to programs aimed at preventing gun violence.

‘Gun violence prevention’

Called the “Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act,” the bill sponsored by William Pascrell, D-N.J., and Danny Davis, D-Ill., would nearly double the current 11 percent tax on handguns, while raising the levy on bullets and cartridges from 11 percent to 50 percent.

The lawmakers say the bill would generate $600 million per year, which would be used to fund law-enforcement and gun violence prevention. The bill would exempt all federal, state and local agencies, including police departments, from paying the tax.


‘Good use’

The bill would also increase the transfer tax on all weapons (except antique guns) covered under the National Firearms Act (which excludes most common guns) from $200 to $500 and index to inflation and  increase the transfer tax for any other weapon from $5 to $100. The amendment will be voted upon when the House returns for the new session in the fall.

Davis, who represents a portion of Chicago which has been ravaged by gun violence in recent years, said money raised from the new taxes will go to good use.

Do you approve of this new bill for additional taxes on handguns? Why or why not?

Source: Perry Chiaramonte | Fox News

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DHS Under Spotlight For Massive Ammo Buys

DHS Under Spotlight For Massive Ammo BuysRepublican Rep. Jason Chaffetz said Thursday that the Department of Homeland Security is using roughly 1,000 rounds of ammunition more per person than the U.S. Army, as he and other lawmakers sharply questioned DHS officials on their “massive” bullet buys.

‘Bubbled largely’

The hearing itself was unusual, as questions about the department’s ammunition purchases until recently had bubbled largely under the radar — on blogs and in the occasional news article. But as the Department of Homeland Security found itself publicly defending the purchases, lawmakers gradually showed more interest in the issue.

Chaffetz, who chairs one of the House oversight subcommittees holding the hearing Thursday, revealed that the department currently has more than 260 million rounds in stock. He said the department bought more than 103 million rounds in 2012 and used 116 million that same year — among roughly 70,000 agents.


‘Stockpiling ammo’

Comparing that with the small-arms purchases procured by the U.S. Army, he said the DHS is churning through between 1,300 and 1,600 rounds per officer, while the U.S. Army goes through roughly 350 rounds per soldier. He noted that is “roughly 1,000 rounds more per person.”

Nick Nayak, chief procurement officer for the Department of Homeland Security, did not challenge Chaffetz’s numbers. However, Nayak sought to counter what he described as several misconceptions about the bullet buys.

He said the department, on average, buys roughly 100 million rounds per year. He also said claims that the department is stockpiling ammo are “simply not true.” Further, he countered claims that the purchases are helping create broader ammunition shortages in the U.S. The department has long said it needs the bullets for agents in training and on duty, and buys in bulk to save money.

Is it really just to save money? Or is the Department of Homeland Security stockpiling ammo? Feel free to share your thoughts with us!

Source: Fox News

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