Clinton gun tax not only makes firearms more unaffordable, it lays legal traps for gun owners and compiles lists

Unable to pass outright gun bans through Congress, anti-gun lobbyists are adapting a battle plan they hope will have a new General leading after November.

A proposal to slap a massive federal tax on guns is not only attracting some support in Congress, it’s been a long-dreamed-of goal for Hillary Clinton.

Clinton first proposed the 25 percent federal excise tax in 1993.  Twenty-three years later, she’s in a position to finally impose it.

Americans for Tax Reform remind us of the Chicago Tribune report from March 19, 1993:

Rep. Mel Reynolds said Thursday that Hillary Rodham Clinton was “very enthusiastic” about his proposal to increase the federal excise tax on guns as a way of raising revenue for health care.

 Clinton said “she thought it was a great idea, something she agreed with,” the Chicago Democrat reported after a 25-minute meeting with the first lady at his office…

 …Reynolds proposed legislation last month that would boost the current 10 percent excise tax on handguns and 11 percent tax on all other firearms to 20 percent and 21 percent, respectively.

And the Associated Press report from Oct. 1, 1993:

Sen. Bill Bradley, D-N.J., picked up Mrs. Clinton’s support for his idea of slapping stiff taxes on ”purveyors of violence:” a 25 percent sales tax on guns and $2,500 license fees for gun dealers.

 ”Speaking personally … I’m all for that,” said the first lady. But she stressed she was just speaking for herself.

 ‘Well, let me say that there is no more important personal endorsement in the country today, and I thank you very much,” said a pleased-as-punch Bradley.

 A federal tax on guns could be the legal work-around for anti-gun lobbyists who want to slash private gun ownership, but know the Second Amendment won’t allow that.

For one, a 25 percent federal tax on guns would obviously make them more unaffordable for many working and poor Americans – those who need self-defense firearms more than anyone else.

But it also throws up legal roadblocks to private gun ownership and sales.
Law-abiding Americans could find themselves having to prove to the BATFE, or IRS, that they’ve paid their federal gun tax.

The erection of yet another paperwork requirement would discourage many gun sellers –who already fear arrest and imprisonment for even a minor paperwork error.

And, by requiring a record of payment of the gun tax, federal bureaucrats have another tool to compile an already-growing list of gun owners.

Federal agents are prohibited by law from building and maintaining gun registries, but how do you enforce the law against the government itself?

They’ve already been caught violating the laws that require all background check information on gun owners to be destroyed.

They were also recently caught going around federal surveillance laws by asking local law enforcement agencies to use license plate scanners to compile lists of people attending gun shows so they could be tracked.

Requiring the payment of a 25% federal tax means another document turned over to the government, with names and lists of guns owned.

It’s a plan that will have Hillary Clinton and gun grabbers laughing all the way to a diminished Second Amendment.