Firearm owners all across America could be faced with billions of dollars in brand new taxes under a sweeping new Biden plan that seeks to tax guns already owned. And yes, a ban is included in that plan as well.
On Wednesday, the Washington Free Beacon reported that Joe Biden seeks to ban new sales of AR-15 rifles, and similar types, and all magazines holding more than 10 rounds – a standard size with most modern styles of handguns and rifles. The plan would dole out money to gun owners surrendering their firearms but would force those not willing to do so to register them under the National Firearms Act and require them to pay a $200 tax for each gun.
According to a report released by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the plan would affect at least 20 million rifles and 150 million magazines. The taxes would place a hefty $34 billion burden on law-abiding American citizens.
A spokesperson for the NSSF, Mark Olivia, said "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."
The NSSF report notes that the AR-15 rifles and similar types that Joe Biden wants to ban made up nearly half of all rifles produced in 2018. Olivia notes that nearly half may be an understatement, though. He stated that AR-15 sales have skyrocketed since 2018 and the latest Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives manufacturer reports only cover production up to 2018 since they come out with an “18 to 24-month delay.”
Americans set an all-time record in 2020 leading up to the recent election in rushing to purchase guns. Data released by the FBI last month noted that more than 16.5 million guns were sold through October. The NSSF reported that nearly 7 million individuals purchased a gun for the first time between January and October.
The NSSF report noted that 11.4 million guns were produced in or imported to the U.S. in 2018 while an additional 9.3 million were produced or imported in 2019. Overall, the total has increased nearly 214 million between 1991 and 2019. Olivia points to the culmination of data in the NSSF report as evidence that a majority of Americans oppose stricter gun laws.
Olivia said, "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."
Logic tells us that Biden’s sweeping plan would mostly affect those in impoverished and crime-stricken areas. While a majority of Americans with the means to cough up the $200 tax to keep their guns will probably do so, it would become a financial burden on law-abiding citizens who need even just one firearm to protect their home, possessions, self, and family from the deadly environment they live in.
Logic also tells us that criminals are criminals for a reason – they don’t obey the law. So what makes you think they wouldn’t skirt the law and tax with a black-market firearm or one they just won’t register? The criminals will be targeting those they know cannot afford to possess a firearm. Don’t even get me started on liberal mayors who have defunded police departments in the cities and towns that need them the most and how that affects its citizens who cannot afford a firearm for self-defense. If you haven’t been paying attention to the news since the death of George Floyd in May, you can easily just go online and see photos and videos of what a lack of police presence and law and order looks like in 2020.
Biden’s plan will not only be ineffective, but it will hurt those in areas that need self-defense the most. It will affect those that Democrats preach to care about. If Democrats act on what they preach, then why take away the basic right to self-defense? While defunding police departments hurt just about everyone, a $200 tax doesn’t hurt those with the means to pay it but hurts those who don’t. Liberals continue to come up with “plans” that hurt the ones they say they care about most – not much thinking goes into those “plans” after all.