Democrats have introduced a new bill that will place a 1000% tax on gun purchases in an attempt to enforce stricter gun control.
Virginia Democratic Rep. Don Beyer proposed the legislation which intends to limit the number of weapons present in American communities. The bill also applies to large-capacity ammunition feeding devices.
The Assault Weapons Excise Act would impose “an additional 1000 percent excise tax on the sale of large-capacity ammunition feeding devices and semiautomatic assault weapons.” The tax would considerably impact firearms manufacturers, producers, or importers.
The bill describes “large capacity ammunition feeding devices” as “a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device” accepting more than 10 rounds.
The Democrat then took to Twitter to express his views and purpose for the outrageous tax proposal:
“Right after he turned 18, the Uvalde shooter bought an AR-15 model rifle for $1,870. A week later he killed 19 children and 2 teachers. Under my legislation had that gun would cost $18,700, obviously making it significantly harder to acquire.”
“Congress must take action to stem the flood of weapons of war into American communities,” the Breyer stated on Twitter.
NEW: Introducing the Assault Weapon Excise Act.
My bill would impose a 1000% excise tax on the manufacturer, importer, or producer of assault weapons and high capacity magazines. It’s designed to bypass the filibuster and win Senate passage with 50 votes.https://t.co/7K813ULBKn pic.twitter.com/gfXTkMIiRg
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) June 14, 2022
“Again and again assault weapons designed for use on the battlefield have been used in mass shootings at schools, grocery stores, hospitals, churches, synagogues, malls, theaters, bars, and so on. As the response in Uvalde shows, even law enforcement feel outgunned.”
“My bill would impose a 1000% excise tax on the manufacturer, importer, or producer of assault weapons and high capacity magazines. It’s designed to bypass the filibuster and win Senate passage with 50 votes.”
The hope is that this bill will prevent the buying of guns without formally making the included firearms illegal. Beyer is intending for the bill to pass in the Senate without GOP support using the budget reconciliation process.
According to Newsweek, Breyer has not discussed the bill with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
The Business Insider noted in their report:
“The cost of those weapons typically range between $500 and $2,000, depending on location and other variables. That means the plan would add $5,000 and $20,000 to the final price tag.”
Federal, state, and local governments would be exempted from the additional tax.
Over 36 House Democrats have signed on to the bill that was introduced by Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA)