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NAT’L – GUN CONTROL – Fact check: Democrat’s bill would increase taxes on firearms and ammunition

The claim: H.R. 5717 would implement a 30% tax on all gun sales and 50% tax on all ammunition sales. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., introduced in January H.R. 5717, a bill that would strengthen measures to prevent gun violence. It has evoked mixed reactions from the public and moved to the forefront of conversation surrounding legislation not related to the coronavirus pandemic. A Facebook user made a post in late April calling the bill, known as the Gun Violence Prevention and Community Safety Act of 2020, “tyranny.” The user said the bill “will add 30% tax on all guns and 50% tax on all ammo.”  If passed it would, among other measures, require individuals to obtain a license to possess firearms, raise the minimum age for purchasing firearms and require law enforcement be notified when an individual does not pass a background check. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., introduced in February a companion bill, S. 3254. Both proposals aim to ban assault weapons, a class of firearms that was banned between 1994 and 2004 under a federal law that was allowed to expire. Companion bills are meant to “promote simultaneous consideration of a measure,” according to the Senate. Section 803 of Johnson’s H.R. 5717 details the changes that would be made to taxes on firearms and other related items. It would make pistols, revolvers and other firearms taxable at 30%. Shells and cartridges would be taxable at 50%.  [full article]

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