Democrat Representative calls for 1,000% tax on firearms

In the wake of a string of mass shootings over the past month, Democrats have proposed a number of new gun control measures that they argue will mitigate the number of incidents like the tragedies that played out in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas.

According to Fox Business, Rep. Donald Beyer (D-VA) made headlines over the weekend after proposing a 1,000% excise tax that would apply to certain firearms, namely AR-15-style rifles, labeled by some as “assault weapons.”

While critics argued that such a high tax rate isn’t reasonable, Beyer argued that his approach to the issue is a “sensible” measure that could help cut down on the number of mass shootings that occur in America.

“There’s nothing magical about that thousand percent number,” Beyer said. “It’s severe enough to actually inhibit and restrict sales. But also successful enough that it’s not seen as an absolute ban.”

“What it’s intended to do is provide another creative pathway to actually make some sensible gun control happen,” the Virginia lawmaker said.

What’s more, Beyer argued that the bill should be passed through the reconciliation process, claiming that it creates enough of a “fiscal impact” to qualify for such a vote, which would significantly increase its chances of passing through Congress.

If the bill — which hasn’t been finalized — were to pass the House, it would only require a simple majority of 51 votes to pass through the Senate if it meets the requirements of being voted through by the reconciliation process.

“We think that a 1,000% fee on assault weapons is just the kind of restrictive measure that creates enough fiscal impact to qualify for reconciliation,” Beyer said.

As Fox Business noted, the price of a new AR-15-style rifle ranges from $500 – $2,000, meaning Beyer’s 1,000% tax proposal would take the final price at checkout into the realm of $5,000 – $20,000 per rifle, making it virtually unobtainable for the average American gun owner.

Democrats, including the White House, have proposed several gun control measures in the wake of the mass shootings, including stricter background checks, repealing immunity of gun manufacturers, enhanced red flag laws, bans on certain firearms and high-capacity magazines, Axios reported.

Republicans have also proposed a number of measures to cut down on instances of mass shootings, especially school shootings, by calling for increased security measures and the “hardening” of schools, and greater access to mental health services.

8 Responses

  1. Does this guy have a brain? If, so why isn’t he using it? The people that are using the “AR-15’s” for mass shootings are not average American gun owners. Adding 1,000% tax will have no effect on mass shootings. Try putting criminals in jail and not releasing them right after being arrested. The criminals don’t go to the store to buy these guns, they go to other criminals. Try funding the police so they can do their job, which is arresting ciminals.

  2. What Stupid legislators don’t seem to understand the solution REQUIRES significantly more parameters than taxation. Take the shooter in Texas whete did he obtain the resources to purchase the weapns?????, what about the FAMILY, HIS SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY. WHAT TYPE OF ATTITUDES AND VALUES DI D HE ACQUIRE FROM INDIVIDUALS WHO SHOULD HAVE BEEN HIS MENTORS
    LEGISLATION IN AND OF ITSELF DOES LTTILE TO NOTHING TO STOP SOCIOPATHIC INDIVIDUALS. THEY DO NOT HAVE A CONSCIENCE LIKE MANY OF THE CROOKS IN CONGRESS WHO ARE THERE FOR THEIR FINANCIAL WELL BEING LOOK AT THE HISTORY OF THE CROOK HUNTER BINDEN. HE IS STILL ON THE TAX PAYOR DOLE LIVING LIKE A KING. WHAT TYPE OF ROLE MODEL.IS HE FOR THEBOTHRR SOCIOPATHS WALKING THE FACE OF THE EARTH.

  3. Do you think a person set on killing people is going to worry about a tax, they will just. Steal whatever they want and go about their dirty work anyhow. The simple solution is to put a couple of armed guards in every school. Most of these guys are such cowards they would never show up if they thought they would be shot first. The solution is so simple and yet the democrats and rinos try to make everything hard. So what is it cost the school 100 thousand a year the government wastes that much before you can blink your eye.

  4. You Dems defunding the police! So, it really is your problem! And if you think for one second that you as Dems are going to take away my guns or whatever I have for protection you have another thing coming and it is a bullet with you name on it! So, give the money back to pay the police – if the Biden Crime Family hasn’t sent it to China already! FUND THE POLICE – it really isn’t that hard! Try using your brain – of course you have to stand up to do that! You have to have blood food for something to work!!!

  5. I think Camille is right on in her assessment of most of our congress , most of them should take a hike, they have been in office much too long and haven’t done much except spend most of their time on getting re-elected.

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