Rep. Jamie Raskin
Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool, File)

By Larry Keane

Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) sure loves some of that sin-tax money. That’s the kind of money when a Member of Congress wants to ban things but can’t. So they go to their second favorite activity. They tax it.

Rep. Raskin likes his gun policies both ways. If he can’t restrict Americans’ ability to lawfully purchase a firearm, he’ll gladly accept the tax dollars paid on them by Americans while at the same time trying to price them out of exercising their Second Amendment rights.

Fee for Thee

Rep. Raskin isn’t satisfied by the gun control bills that have already been passed by the House of Representatives. He’s introduced tax increase legislation as an end-run gun control effort instead. It’s about the next best thing for a gun control politician.

His National Firearms Act Modernization Act, H.R. 2427, would increase the tax paid on certain items that are already strictly regulated under the National Firearms Act.

Currently, Americans must complete additional extensive background checks and fingerprinting, submit photos and pay a $200 tax to purchase certain types of firearms, including short-barreled rifles or shotguns and even suppressors. Under Rep. Raskin’s bill, the NFA tax would increase to $300.

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Woody for TTAG

There are currently approximately 2 million registered firearm suppressors and they are a health benefit when used for hunting and recreational shooting by protecting hunters’ hearing. They are legal to own and possess in 42 states and 40 states allow them for hunting.

But if Rep. Raskin can further infringe the Second Amendment rights of Americans while also raising taxes, he’ll go for it. “I’m proud to introduce the SAFER Act and the NFA Modernization Act today and will continue pushing for commonsense gun safety legislation so we can prevent gun violence and save lives. I applaud President Biden and Vice President Harris for announcing strong executive action to address the gun violence public health epidemic,” Rep. Raskin said in a statement.

President Joe Biden announced executive actions on gun control, including regulating so-called “ghost guns,” tightening restrictions on pistol-stabilizing arm braces, calling for expanding background checks on private firearm transfers, closing the falsely-termed “gun show loophole” banning modern sporting rifles.

David Chipman
Biden’s ATF Director nominee David Chipman posing in the ashes of the Branch Davidians’ compound in Waco.

He then capped it with his nomination of former gun control lobbyist and advocate David Chipman to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). Rep. Raskin is all-in on those efforts. Of course, none of these would punish criminals for misusing firearms, nor prevent the recent tragedies of murder.

Americans Buying Guns, Not Gun Control

There is a reason gun control efforts stalled in Congress and why Rep. Raskin’s bill faces a steep uphill battle. More than 21 million background checks were processed for the sale of a firearm in 2020.

The first quarter of 2021 hit a record-high mark as well, continuing the blistering sales pace. Included in those numbers are more than 8.4 million first-time buyers, jumping off the fence to take their own self-defense into their hands. African-American gun ownership increased 58 percent over the previous year. Asian-Americans purchased 43 percent more firearms than they did in 2019. Hispanic-Americans did so by 49 percent more.

More Americans own guns and they’re coming from all walks of life.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) understands this change. So too does Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). He even challenged Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to put a so-called “assault weapons ban” on the Senate floor for a vote. “If you really want to ban assault weapons, bring up the bill, and let’s have the debate. The reason Senator Schumer won’t bring up the so-called Assault Weapons Ban, which is a misnomer, is because he knows it won’t pass. It won’t get 50 votes, much less 60,” Sen. Graham taunted.

The demographics of voters who lawfully own firearms has changed dramatically. Taking their rights away and adding a fee to exercise a right isn’t selling. Rep. Raskin isn’t talking about holding criminals accountable or hitting them with prison time. He’s tossing around the idea to tax an enumerated civil right, because if he can’t ban it outright, he’s certainly not going to miss the opportunity to make money off of it.

 

Larry Keane is SVP for Government and Public Affairs, Assistant Secretary and General Counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

26 COMMENTS

  1. “Under Rep. Raskin’s bill, the NFA tax would increase to $300.”

    Re-open the MG registry, and I’ll gladly pony-up the 300 bucks.

    As for cans, remove them from the NFA entirely. It’s time we emulated Europe on that, where they can be bought over-the-counter, cash and carry.

    And why is TTAG not reporting on the bill to put large cap magazines on the NFA, and require you to pay a 200-dollar tax for each one that can hold over 10 rounds?

  2. The rich, criminal or law-abiding, can always afford to pay the tax to purchase a machine gun. Or any NFA item. The Mandalay Bay shooter was a rich white man. And he could certainly afford to purchase the twenty-three AR-15 rifles, all equipped with a bump stock. And the thousands of rounds of ammunition he used and that murderous day.

    And thank you to the never Trump gun owners who helped to make this possible. Who helped to enable this anti civil rights lawmaker to introduce this legislation.

  3. One of the best ways out of this is to buy more firearms and ammunition, and encourage others to do the same. Don’t forget magazines, either. My LGS has a pile of .45 ACP without buying limits (and still reasonably priced), and still has boxes of magazines. I availed myself of both this morning.

  4. Going forward the push will be to get as many items in the NFA as possible then there will be a national tragedy in which one of these guns that wasn’t registered (allegedly) was used and they will go for an outright ban & confiscation of everything in the NFA.

  5. The Left: “Why won’t you compromise?”

    Me: “Because the Supreme Court says taxing a Constitutionally Enumerated Right is illegal.

    “But, let’s play your game. Are you willing to compromise, too? I’ll agree to your increase, if

    A) Suppressors and SBR’s are removed from the NFA.

    B) NFA processing is limited to one month.

    C) The machine gun registry is reopened.

    That’s a compromise. What do you say?”

    The Left: “Why do you want to kill children?”

    Me: “…”

    Let’s face it. The Left is only interested in a one-way ratchet—one that leads to tyranny.

  6. He is just like the Libertarians Liberals and the Leftists. So its ok now. Dont worry. Just enjoy your pot and Sexual deviancy. He will continue his support for the Welfare Industrial Complex. Enabling women to have five kids from 5 different men. And not get married. And live “rent-free” in a government “gun-free zone” housing project.

    “Raskin long championed efforts to reform marijuana laws and legalize medical marijuana in Maryland. Raskin introduced a medical marijuana bill in 2014 that was signed by Governor Martin O’Malley and went into effect in January 2015. Raskin helped lead the fight to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamie_Raskin#:~:text=Raskin%20long%20championed%20efforts%20to,same%2Dsex%20marriage%20in%20Maryland.

    • rights for me but not for thee. Let adults do what they want to do. Do you think that same sex relationships and marijuana will go away if they are illegal. Your argument is as moronic as the left’s.

      • The same sex relationship and marijunana crowds totally support the Welfare Industrial Complex. They totally support gun control. They may like guns now. They certainly like THEIR guns. But they don’t support the 2A. That would require them to vote for right wing christian Republicans who have sex in the missionary position with the lights turned out.

        They all have publicly supported Welfare. They suppport using the threat of government force to keep straight people from getting married.

        The difference between Black Lives Matter and the earlier white same-sex relationship groups, is that BLM put their statement of destroying the traditional family in writing in their BLM Manifesto. Decades ago these white same-sex relationship groups we’re saying the exact same thing. Destroy the traditional famiy. They were against the concept of marriage. And have always supported government intervention in the lives and formations of traditional families.

        Of course now being called out on it, Black Lives Matter has removed this anti-family language from their Manifesto. But the internet is forever. So they and you and your support for the Welfare Industrial Complex, cannot be hidden from the General Public.

        They have all said a father is not necessary to raise children. They support replacing the father with a goverenmt check. And replacing his guns, with the guns of a big city police department.

        • I support same sex marriage and legalization of that darn devils lettuce (which I haven’t partaken in for almost 2 decades). I’m also happily married to a woman and have 3 beautiful children and am a professing Christian. Your stereotypes don’t work man. I’m as defensive of the second amendment as anyone you’ll ever meet. I just have learned to mind my own business. Its not that hard.

  7. So fu**in predictable!! You’d think they’d change it up ocassionally just to impress us with their cleverness!!

    • I see no reason to change. And to keep reminding people about the destructive policies that they continue to support.

  8. California is all in on the tax increase band wagon. A bill in the Assembly passed out of committee this week that will add a tax on firearm sales of $25, on top of a 7.25 to 9% sales tax (depending on where you live), and a $37 Dealer Record of Sale tax–DROS–that already produces excess amounts that go to “gun violence research”. So for example, the taxes and fees on a $400 pocket pistol will be $25 plus $37 DROS plus $29 sales tax (totaling $91), plus any transfer fee imposed by the seller (usually about $25 for a firearm sold by the dealer, but as high as $75).

    Given that the Democrats have a supermajority and an anti-gun Governor, the bill is likely to pass.

  9. Even the libertarian atheists at Reason TV can’t deny the truth about who is supporting and working for civil rights in this country. And who is not. But what they will not tell you is that decades ago. Anti-abortion Christians were using the same arguments about nullification and federalism when it came to banning abortion and defying federal law federal laws.

    “More Than A Dozen States Are Trying To Nullify Federal Gun Control” video 8 min long

  10. Does anyone know if “Chipmonk” ever served in the military and if so what branch? What was his MOS? I suspect he is/was a “wanna be” but never was so this is his tough guy act because he has a small appendage.

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  12. Why is the 2nd amendment the only one that is taxable? Poll tax was eliminated a long time ago because taxing a right is unconstitutional.

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