Renewed Push By Democrats For 1,000 Percent Excise Tax On AR-15s

 August 7, 2023

On Friday, House Democrats introduced legislation, that would place a 1,000 percent excise tax on AR-15s and other firearms they refer to as “assault weapons.” This is not a new concept from the Dems, as Rep. Don Beyer (D) and 24 other Democrats are behind the tax which they also pushed last year.

Reportedly, the tax would also apply to “high capacity” magazines. If adopted, the legislation would force the price of a $500 firearm to jump to $5,000 and “a weapon that normally costs $2,000 would force customers to pay more than $20,000.”

This renewed push for new taxes on AR-15s, other firearms and high capacity magazines, was put forward, one day after Democrats sent a letter to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R) CA, urging him to allow votes on gun control. After the House recessed early without taking up any gun control, the letter to McCarthy was generated.

According to The Hill, the letter said-

“We are disappointed that Republican leadership cancelled votes in July with so many pressing issues facing our country. Foremost amongst those is the gun violence crisis that is the leading cause of death for children in America.”

-The Hill

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