Proposed Biden Gun Tax Could Top $34 Billion

Free Beacon – by Stephen Gutowski

American gun owners could face tens of billions of dollars in new taxes to keep the guns they already own under Democrat Joe Biden’s gun ban and tax plan.

At least 20 million rifles and 150 million ammunition magazines would be caught up in the sales ban and registration scheme Biden touted on the campaign trail, according to a National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) report. The new taxes would cost Americans more than $34 billion, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis.

NSSF told the Washington Free Beacon the sheer number of affected guns and magazines could pose a significant problem for Biden’s gun-control plans.

“I think if [Biden and his team] were smart, they would look at those numbers and get an idea of where America stands on gun ownership and gun rights,” NSSF spokesman Mark Oliva said.

Biden wants to ban new sales of AR-15 rifles and similar firearms as well as any ammunition magazine holding more than 10 rounds—sizes that come standard on most modern rifles and handguns. He would pay some owners to surrender the affected guns they legally own and force everyone else to register the guns under the National Firearms Act. The proposal would require owners to pay a $200 tax stamp for each item.

The report said the kinds of rifles Biden wants to ban made up nearly half of all rifles produced in 2018. Oliva said the group’s estimates may actually be undercounts. While NSSF used the latest Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives manufacturer reports, those only cover up to 2018, and Oliva said AR-15s have continued to grow in popularity since then.

“That manufacturer’s report comes out [with] an 18 to 24-month delay,” Oliva said. “That number is probably significantly higher now.”

Oliva pointed to record sales in 2020 as evidence that the amount of ARs and ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds has only increased in recent months. He said the firearms Biden hopes to ban are popular because they offer modularity and customizability while being effective for hunting, sport shooting, and home defense.

The report, which was released Monday, also found that 11.4 million firearms were made or imported into the United States in 2018. A further 9.3 million were made or imported in 2019. That brings the total number of firearms on the American market between 1991 and 2019 up to nearly 214 million.

Oliva said those numbers, combined with the fact that Americans increasingly favor AR-15s and other rifles targeted by Biden and gun-control advocates, are evidence the country is not interested in strict new gun laws.

“America’s attitude on gun control is shifting more toward the idea that we need to protect our rights and away from the idea we need government control of our destiny,” he said.

The Biden campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

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4 thoughts on “Proposed Biden Gun Tax Could Top $34 Billion

  1. And that doesn’t even include UNREGISTERED FIREARMS….. I suspect that most of the newer firearms have been purchased and registered by young folks and others whom have finally figured out firearms are necessary for defense. What about the many millions of firearms owned by folks who’ve been prepping for years and purchased from unlicensed dealers or passed down from deceased parents to children gotten a long time ago and are also unregistered? I’d say we’re talking about a billion firearms here. If it takes over 240 thousand soldiers to “vaccinate” every American in 24 hours (bwahahahahahahaha!) then how many soldiers (and NFAC and Antifa and MS-13 and the rest of Biden-Harris thugs) will it take to confiscate a billion firearms….in…oh….50 years, since about half of them are unregistered, buried in homes or the ground or whatever wrapped in whatever to foil metal detectors?

    Gun tax? Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

    1. No matter what reason they use to attempt to remove our 2nd Article right, they still have to take to guns away from us and we have to let them. If we are real Americans, they will have to take them with fire spewing out of the barrel.
      And for the lack of operatives the machine will quickly grind to a halt. They need to quit running their mouths and get to gettin’.
      Don’t talk about it, Biden, just f-king do it.
      As for how many guns and every other terrible implement of the soldier we have, sshhh. Let them find out the hard way.

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