NY Congresswoman Announces Bill to Tax AR Makers 20 Percent Extra on All Revenue By: S.H. Blannelberry

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New York Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-12) introduced legislation this month that would punish firearm manufacturers that make modern sporting rifles (MSRs) by taxing them an additional 20 percent on all revenue, not just the revenue generated from MSRs.

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The tax money would then be directed to “Community Violence Intervention” programs, per the legislation, known as the “Firearm Industry Fairness Act.”

Rep. Maloney contends that AR-pattern rifles are “far more dangerous” than an “ordinary hunting rifle” and are the “weapon of choice for mass shooters.” 

“My message is clear—if you continue to sell dangerous weapons of war to civilians, your cost of doing business will go up,” said the Democrat, who serves as Chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.  

“There is no reason that an assault weapon used in mass shootings should be taxed at the same rate as a family hunting rifle or a gun manufacturer should be allowed to ignore the crimes committed with their products,” she added.  

The notion that MSRs are the “weapon of choice for mass shooters” is a lie.  Handguns are used in the majority of mass shootings, as GunsAmerica previously reported. 

(Photo: Crime Prevention Research Center)

Moreover, rifles as an entire category — including MSRs — were only used in 3 percent of all gun-related homicides in 2020, according to the FBI.  

Rep. Maloney also introduced an additional piece of legislation known as the “Firearm Industry Crime and Trafficking Accountability Act” which seeks to hold the gun industry liable for the criminal misuse of their products by third-party actors.

In other words, it would be like making Ford and GMC accountable for the actions of drunk drivers.

As a press release on the legislation stated:

This bill would require that each firearm manufacturer create a monitoring system to track the crimes committed with guns it has sold. It would also mandate that a manufacturer stop distributing weapons to a dealer when the company has reason to believe that the guns sold by that dealer are being trafficked or being used for unlawful purposes. Lastly, the bill empowers the ATF to impose meaningful financial penalties on firearms manufacturers that continue to ignore gun crime and supply bad-actor dealers.   

If passed into law, all of the above scrutiny and red tape placed on responsible gun makers and sellers will not reduce crime. What it will do, however, is create added costs that make it more difficult for those in the firearms industry to make a living. Which is, no doubt, the true objective.