By: D. Kennedy
In recent reports about President-elect Joe Biden’s new gun ban and tax plan, American gun owners could face up to billions in new taxes just to keep the guns they already own. Jen O’Malley Dillon, incoming White House deputy chief of staff, even touted the “mandatory buybacks” of certain rifles, in addition to an assault-style weapons ban.
“We are actually the only campaign with a plan…that supports mandatory buybacks of weapons of war. An assault weapon ban is very, very important, and we need to have it. But that only takes weapons of war off the streets in the future. It does nothing for weapons of war that are currently out there,” said Dillion.
At least 20 million rifles and 150 million ammunition magazines would be affected by the sales ban, including a forced ban on new sales of AR-15 rifles, machine guns, silencers, and short-barreled rifles. Owners would surrender the guns they legally own, have to register under the National Firearms Act, then pay a $200 tax stamp for each item. Reports indicate that Americans would end up paying more than $34 billion in taxes.
Republicans, Second Amendment advocates, and even former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders called the mandatory buybacks unconstitutional. “It means that I am going to walk into your house and take something whether you like it or not. I don’t think that stands up to constitutional scrutiny,” said Sanders.
Gun sales hit record sales this year, especially the AR-15’s that Biden is looking to ban. They are extremely popular and effective for hunting, sport shooting, and home defense. The AR-15 rifles make up nearly half of all rifles produced in 2018, which totaled around 11.4 million. The Biden administration has been warned by numerous politicians to pause before enacting harsh and unconstitutional regulations. The support for stricter gun laws has dropped over the last few years and continues to as more people stray further away from government dependence.
“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. 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,” said Mark Oliva, NSSF spokesman.
While Biden claimed he can’t ban assault weapons by executive action, he’ll be pushing states left and right to enact California-type gun control measures. The left wants to ban guns, raise taxes, and sit back to watch what happens next.