A gun store in National City, California has been the subject of a lot of discussion lately. Several weeks ago, the store gained national attention when a sign twirler hurt anti-gunners’ feelings with a chunk of cardboard shaped like an AR15. Now the store’s sales receipts have drawn attention. Firearms Unknown has chosen to label the line reserved for tax on their receipts as “Gov’t Theft.”
California charges a nine percent tax on gun sales, in addition to a mandatory $25 DROS charge. (DROS stands for Dealer’s Record Of Sale. California forces gun buyers to pay for state registration of their gun.) Although California gun owners are well aware of the fees involved, it’s good to see Firearms Unlimited exercising their First Amendment right of free speech to call the tax on their customers’ Second Amendment rights what it is…theft.
Firearms Unknown’s agitation — and the support the store has received from the gun community — proves that not all California residents are leftists who want to ban guns. As someone who fled the Golden State for the income tax-free Cowboy State (Wyoming), I’m happy to see that those I left behind continue to fight the good fight for firearms freedom. Whether or not they’re a lonely voice in the liberal wilderness, they deserve our support.