Lawmaker Wants Government to Buy Back ‘Assault Weapons’ via Tax Incentives

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) reintroduced the SAFER (Support Assault Firearm Elimination and Education for our) Streets Act Monday, a bill that would give gun owners tax credits if they turned over their so-called “assault weapons” to law enforcement.

DeLauro first introduced the bill following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

“Just days after the Newtown tragedy, President Obama asked ‘Are we doing enough to protect our children?’ And he admitted the answer is no. That must change. The SAFER Streets Act is a common-sense, constructive step to help ensure such a tragedy will never happen again,” said DeLauro.

The SAFER Streets Act would give a citizen a refundable tax credit of $2,000 ($1,000 for two consecutive years) when that individual hands in their black rifle to authorities. The ostensible goal is to “get more assault weapons off the streets.”

“Assault weapons are not about hunting, or even self-defense. There is no reason on Earth, other than to kill as many people as possible in as short a time as possible, that anyone needs a gun designed for a battlefield,” said DeLauro.

“These weapons were used in Newtown, Aurora and countless other mass shootings across America,” she continued. “And they have been disproportionately used to kill law enforcement officers in the line of duty. They have no place on the streets or in our homes.”

Given the fact that the GOP has a majority in both the House and Senate, in all likelihood, this bill is dead upon arrival.

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Mark September 18, 2017, 8:49 pm

    Having a military style weapon isn’t about hunting or sport shooting?
    Owning a military style weapon IS about keeping a TYRANNICAL GOVERNMENT at bay or for WE the PEOPLE to replace a corrupt Government.
    This, I can assure, the Connecticut legislative branch is in fear of their very citizens.
    Additionally, this legislative body that desires to disarm it’s citizens has the same mind set like the very people in European governments that flooded their Country with undesirables that want to kill the people that welcomed them with open arms and free money.
    What part of “THIS WILL NOT BE INFRINGED.” Do you European thinkers do not understand? !
    If you HATE our Constitution, feel free to take your asses to North Korea.
    Maybe they will understand your feelings and tolerate your ideologies.

  • Rivvi April 1, 2017, 5:19 pm

    If you shop around and buy parts on the cheap you can build one for around 400 so I see some light in this tunnel. The government giving me a 2 grand to build a 400 dollar gun? OK. I would have to math it out to see if the actual reduction in my taxes would be worth it. I wonder if this woman even knows how easy it is to build one from parts? And it only says buy them back it says nothing about people turning around and buying a new one. You could carry your range rifle in beat to pieces and let uncle sam buy you a brand new one. This whole thing is just stupid. It does nothing for anyone. It’s just another government money pit.

    • Charles Penn December 9, 2017, 5:15 am

      Right now you can buy an entry level AR-15 for $400. Sure , I’d take the $2000 and go out and buy 4 AR’s or 2 good ones and a lot of mags and ammo.

  • Bonhomme January 12, 2017, 6:07 am

    That will work and while we are at it lets pay certain groups of citizens not to vote. How about paying not to freely assemble and not to exercise our freedom of speech. Each of these actions are an unconstitutional activity.

  • Rob May 10, 2016, 9:31 pm

    I carry a weapon everywhere I go and I have many weapons and amunition for whatever circumstance may arise. I absolutely support the rights of all law abiding U.S. Citizens to protect themselves with firearms. However, some of the responses to this editorial provide ample fodder for those that want to take away our 2nd amendment rights. I truly have to question the conspirator theorist and anarchist among you. The Sandy Hook massacre of children did happen just like the Holocaust genocide by Nazi fascist. It turns out that some of you are the reason that I carry.

  • Jason August 30, 2015, 6:11 pm

    The constant erosion of our constitutional protections is reason enough to hold on to our weapons. At some point, this government is going to need to be put in check and how are We The People going to do this without our right to bear arms? The disconnect between us and them, the lack of politicians actions to respond to the voices of the citizens, the economic situation of this country and the entire world, are all constant reminders a for me to hold onto every gun I own. Good luck to you when you come my way with your gun grabs!

  • PJW August 17, 2015, 4:13 am

    Citizen’s please,
    The Second Amendment is not about “sporting purpose” or even about self defense on a personal level. The sole purpose is the ability of the citizenry to circumvent an unlawful federal or states government to extend control over the citizens of these United States of America.
    May we always be aware of this solemn responsibility, and able and willing to act upon it.

  • Larry Koehn April 14, 2015, 4:14 pm

    I would need more than money to give up my ARs. Lets see, if I could shoot 5 DemoRATZ with a gun before I gave it up, Obozo, Pelosi, Schumer, the moron from Illinois whose name escapes me, and Bloomberg. I know that he professed to be a republican but the gun world knows that he is a DemoRAT to his core. I would go buy extra AR’s just to turn them in, 9 of them would fix the senate.

    • Julian Gurbis April 15, 2015, 7:51 pm

      No Way is this going to happen, The average owner of the black rifle is a middle class hard working caucasion man and women. Two Words that stick out Hard Working

  • Lee April 14, 2015, 1:37 pm

    And I am sure that criminals worry about paying taxes!

  • Mikey April 14, 2015, 11:12 am

    If they want to “save the children”, they need to end abortion!

    • Mark September 18, 2017, 8:54 pm

      Oh that ain’t gonna happen. What would Pland Parent hood do with out the funds it receives from murdered baby parts?

  • Winston April 14, 2015, 4:51 am

    CT Congresswoman: Pay me in $2,000 in cash per rifle- no phony paper trick tax credits- and I’ll sell you my $550 AR15s.

  • BRASS April 14, 2015, 12:05 am

    He better get a list of NFA automatic weapons owners and start there. I don’t know too many people who own fully automatic weapons, which they must be in order to be an “Assault Weapon”.

    • Dave June 17, 2016, 5:59 am

      Why not a 200 dollar sks. = )

  • Michael Crain April 13, 2015, 11:41 pm

    Where in the world do they come up with these nut jobs??!! First, it’s a waste of money because they would have to concentrate on ALL semi-automatics as they all do the same thing, next, what are they going to do, pass laws against manufacturers making more?
    Yeah, that will work!.Why don’t they try passing laws to help the ones committing the crimes, and maybe help the mentally challenged ones causing all the problems for law abiding gun owners.
    My one wish is that the media would start showing the number of cases of people that are SAVED by someone with a gun and show the true story about them. Guess that won’t happen though.

    • Dewy September 2, 2016, 3:44 pm

      You’ll never see that, the communist media has a big plan, and as far as I can see it’s working. We have over half the country that thinks communism is OK because of the media lies, they no nothing what really happens under communist rule. Joe McCarthy was right in his day, look where we are now, give me liberty, my grandchildren will live in a much different America than I did, God help them, because we’ve left them a mess!

  • Joe April 13, 2015, 10:30 pm

    What you have here are a bunch of “HAVE’s” trying to disarm all the “HAVE NOT’S” to protect their monopoly when the shit starts spreading far and wide.
    I Guarantee you one thing, and that my friends is those that “HAVE” will be armed to the teeth and surrounded by their own privet army’s when the bottom falls out of the free market fiasco wall street has created for fun and profit, while being propped up by borrow and spend politics.

  • BR549 April 13, 2015, 6:01 pm

    Rosa DeLauro; that figures. Married to Stanley Greenberg; a progressive lightning rod for any corrupt endeavor known to mankind. Affiliated with the Clintons, Gore, Kerry, Tony Blair, “greenwashing” the Deep Water Horizon disaster and has also done dirty work for General Motors and Monsanto.

    Yet ANOTHER one of those progressive Democrats who have no conscience running this country into the ground.

  • Damon April 13, 2015, 5:49 pm

    Pistols used in Newtown. (AR found in trunk of Lanza’s car.

    Remington 870 used in Aurora. Beta Cmag jammed in AR.

    Can’t find ANY stats on LEO fatalities due to AR, AK, SKS, Saiga, or M1, besides Border Patrol agent killed with Fast and Furious AR. Hardly “disproportionately used”.

    More ignorant hyperbole used to push a doomed agenda.

    • Jason August 30, 2015, 6:25 pm

      There is more evidence suggesting that the Sandy Hook incident never happened than there is evidence to prove that it did happen. It’s ironic that this incident is the most prolifically used by the media and government to introduce gun control measures, yet the government refused to grant access to the records through Freedom of Information requests. Do a google search of Sandy Hook Hoax and decide for yourself if this shooting ever occurred.

  • gary chases April 13, 2015, 5:04 pm

    The government does not own the firearms in America so they can’t buy them back. Once again they are using words to trick people and the liberal press will not call them on this.

  • Dennis siegler April 13, 2015, 4:12 pm

    When the police turn in their military grade weapons, then I’ll turn in mine. I don’t see crime committed with a M1 garand , or a full auto m16, m14, m1 carbine, or any other military grade weapons. Just because it’s black and bad looking, doesn’t mean that it’s an assault weapon!
    And since when does our police look at protect and serve as shoot and kill!

  • Larry K April 13, 2015, 1:32 pm

    Assault rifles are disproportionately killing police officers? It is amazing how these ignorant politicians can say anything and know they won’t be challenged. No one in the media will stand up and ask her the source of that comment. Provide one piece of evidence Rep. DeLauro. No facts are needed for liberal politicos.
    I can’t comment on Sandy Hook but I can tell you that as far as the Aurora theater shooting out here in Colorado, James Holmes did not pick the closest theater to his home. He also did not choose the largest theater around. He chose the the only theater in the area with a “No Guns Allowed” sign on the front doors. Taking my guns away won’t stop crime. It will only add to the death toll.

  • CHAD April 13, 2015, 1:00 pm


  • L Cavendish April 13, 2015, 12:49 pm

    How about $20,000 each….the value they will be when they outlaw guns altogether?
    And by the way…the bigger problem is handguns…not the scary black rifles…
    Oh…those are the ones popular with minorities and gang members…sorry…

    • MC April 13, 2015, 7:19 pm

      “And by the way…the bigger problem is handguns…not the scary black rifles…”

      Oh, that helps!

  • skipNclair April 13, 2015, 12:38 pm

    Why not remove the lawmaker and we save money all the way around. However I am also thinking a trial for treason, found guilty and hung with a good hemp rope would be nice. I’m sorry I can’t stop here this is exactly why women should never have been given the right to vote, why they should not hold public office, and should remain the lovely things God intended them to be. Now I also know we have legislators that are suppose to be men making the same statements as she but the emphasis is on the word suppose. I consider any man that would suggest to another man how he should protect his family denying him his God given rights and then his rights backed up by the constitution to be less then a man and more like a women and coward and they should be removed from office immediately if not sooner. What part of shall not be infringed upon is difficult to understand,? even a bozo with no education gets it. What part of freedom and God given rights do they not understand? Or maybe they don’t believe in God and his giving each and every one of us freewill, and every right that man deserves and should have. The Constitution only backs up what God intended.

  • skipNclair April 13, 2015, 12:25 pm

    Why not remove the lawmaker and we save money all the way around. However I am also thinking a trial for treason, found guilty and hung with a good hemp rope would be nice.

  • shrugger April 13, 2015, 12:17 pm

    Tax break? You made me LOL. I’ll sell it to you though if you pay me blue book or better for it.

  • Allen Bussey April 13, 2015, 10:33 am

    If the congresswoman was serious in her stated intent Why the restrictive limitations. Why not just state the bounty amount per weapon type and make it a permanent Tax entitlement. We have all seen the junk that is collected at the local gun buy-back. And I am sure there are a lot of Black guns out there that we just can’t get to function properly. Let the Government pay us to cull our lame and week. Get garbage out of the safe to make room for quality.

  • D April 13, 2015, 10:16 am

    We need to refocus on how to attack this issue. Just get the Kardashians and the House Wives of XXXXX County to LIKE guns and how they enjoy them on TV. (I’m sure it would COST big $, because that’s really what it’s all about.) Then the nation would change their minds! Mot everyone that want guns to go away have no clue about guns and are just scared because the news reports every at of gun violence. If the media reported every self defense act with a gun (too many to report) people would also start to change their minds. As the politicians divide the nation, THEY fear guns even more, for their own safety. If they want the guns to go away, let them, the positions, be the first to have their PSDs give up guns!

  • Davron April 13, 2015, 10:08 am

    So what she is saying is she is willing to give $2000 in tax credits to someone for giving her a Kel-tec or a Hi Point Carbine. Way to get the government even further behind in its financial responsibility. If it comes through, everyone should go find a cheap $200-$400 “assault firearm” and get the free money to go buy a nice gun with enough ammo to practice with to become proficient. We can call it the Rosa DeLauro Firearm Proficiency Bill.

  • Hermann April 13, 2015, 9:09 am

    Sounds good to me. I could sell my sks and aks for $2000.00 each and go and buy me some new ones.

    • Buck O'Fama April 13, 2015, 9:51 am

      I’ve got a black Marlin 795 that cost me $99. I’ll gladly turn it in for $1,000/$2,000 and can get three decent ARs.

    • lost gun April 14, 2015, 8:26 am

      What’s the matter with people ? Dont anyone understand in any buy back it’s tax money, your tax money you would get.
      Why would you want to buy your own gun and no longer own it. WAKE UP !

  • Alan1018 April 13, 2015, 8:55 am

    As long as it doesn’t force you turn them in for the $2K why not? I would go out and buy a few of the cheapest AR lowers out there, then turn them in for the $2K each. A great way to get some of my stolen money back from the government.

    • Damon April 13, 2015, 5:54 pm

      Hell, get a 3D printer and turn out thousands of lowers.

  • kendog April 13, 2015, 8:30 am

    This is where women in politics should be home making babies and fixing super . Does this woman thing gangs and thugs are going to turn in their guns for tax breaks. God help us. Its bad enough the men in power that don’t know a pistol from a sling shot but women in office are clueless 10 fold. This is the USA, in God I Trust ! With my guns I protect my family. I didn’t serve my country to have some idiots in politics take my guns. Long live the NRA and it’s 5 million armed members !

    • Michael Crain April 13, 2015, 11:50 pm

      C’mon Kendog, you know there are a lot of women that own guns! THEY are the ones we need in politics!

    • Michael Crain April 13, 2015, 11:50 pm

      C’mon Kendog, you know there are a lot of women that own guns! THEY are the ones we need in politics!

  • Ian Jack April 13, 2015, 8:26 am

    You lot just don’t get it, people arming themselves against violence, is what causes violence

    • Ty Weaver April 13, 2015, 9:49 am

      Must be dark and smelly with your head that far up in there.

      • rick g April 13, 2015, 3:35 pm

        Ian Jack you are in the right place. keep reading and maybe you will understand law abiding citizens are not the problem. We are not able to have a cop with us all the time

    • William April 13, 2015, 5:07 pm

      Ian Jack, it’s people like you that gets this type of bill passed by the Obama admin. I hope your not a gun owner, if you are please find the closest garbage dump and throw your guns away. Violence could be knocking on your door one day and what will you say then? Violence begets violence, I say bull.

  • Dale April 13, 2015, 7:57 am

    So, if they have no use she approves as legitimate, why does she support the police and TSA buying so many of them? She is a statist.

  • Brigadeir April 13, 2015, 7:40 am

    Besides the typical lies and half truth’s.
    By his way of thinking, we should ‘buy back’ Slavery to reduce black crime, and maybe ‘buy back’ women’s sufferage to reduce unwanted pregnancy, and while we’re at it; Let’s buy back most of the nefarious regulations passed by the government over the last 100+ years.


  • Brett April 13, 2015, 6:36 am

    I am sure that crazy people and criminals will use that tax benefit. And do not forget that the people should be armed as well as the police/military. Police are there to enforce laws not for our protection. Military there to protect the country as a whole. Let us all start explaining the truth.

  • Cole Bryant April 13, 2015, 5:46 am

    Officially I have been deployed to combat 9 times. Every single major conflict this country has had Panama 1989, Desert Shield and Storm 90-91, Somalia 1993 (yes I was there for the infamous Blackhawk Down Day, “Operation Gothic Serpent” as well known by many other names”, Bosnia 1995-6, “Operation Enduring Freedom and “Operation Iraqi Freedom” (4X in Afghanistan and 2X in Iraq), as a US Ranger and US Army Special Operations Forces Sniper. I’ve been all over the world and have seen exactly what happens when civilians don’t have the ability to defend themselves from the evil in this world. From Panama to Afghanistan and Iraq, I’ve see it happen many times in which a local leader with his shock forces go into a village or neighborhood and they rape, murder in the most evil way (like a 5 year old being beheaded in front of his parents for wearing a T-shirt the local Forces didn’t like, and then his mother being raped and beheaded in front of the husband/father, and so on). All these anti gun idiots don’t understand and don’t believe that could happen right here in America, they are completely ignorant and lying to themselves. All it would take is one massive crisis that devastated the country whether the cause was human or natural, hordes of evil would roam the neighborhoods doing just that. What most people don’t understand in the dark days of our country it has happened right here before, during the Civil War and in some places during the depression. Just think about what’s happening right now. The US Economy is in the toilet and getting worse, a total financial collapse, ISIS hitting key power grid infrastructure components, or one of the worst things possible (being set into motion right now by the guy in the Whitehouse with his Control Over the Internet Legislation) censorship and firearms ownership lists were the first steps in just about all the modern era evil hatred evil to rise to power. What Hitler (one of the most evil people of the last 100 years) did in the 1930’s to come to power with the NAZI’s is happening today, Censorship of what is seen, heard, and read as well as making a firearms ownership list, then making them illegal and taking them away is exactly what is happening today here, in our own country, by the Whitehouse hardliners. Don’t get this wrong I’m not saying Obama is anything like Hitler, I would never do that, but a a military vet of so many conflicts and a truth historian what I am saying is absolute power corrupts, absolutely. Too many times what starts out as what people “who can’t think for themselves, a.k.a. Kool-aid drinkers” think is a good idea starts a snowball effect that ends in the evil thing I call “WAR”. That is coming from someone who has seen to many. Thomas Jefferson knew even the government of the USA, if it became too powerful, could cause a civil war. It already has once, let’s not do round 2. You will always have evil people no matter what, let’s not take away the right of law abiding citizens to defend their families from those evil people!

    • Zack Hornbuckle April 13, 2015, 10:27 pm

      Damn straight! I like the way you think. You would fit right in where I’m from (Fulton, Missouri). I’m glad to see someone that can stand up and point out facts while being so articulate. Maybe if we had more like you that would stand up and be a voice of reason, with the experience to back it, the people could have a life without the fear of our government abusing the powers we gave them… At least in the constitution. However, since the gov’t was turned to a corporation during the civil war, they feel they can do as they please because the president is nothing more than a CEO. Look me up on Facebook. If you want to make a difference, look up your state’s 3% group. We stood up for Bundy and now we’re being called up to stand up again, but in Oregon this time I believe.

  • DRAINO April 9, 2015, 10:58 pm

    EXACTLY!!! Kool-Aid drinkers….every one of them! I think some of their facts lack integrity. I can’t think of a recent case where a “black” rifle has been used to kill a LEO. I am sure it would make BIG news if it had. And of course there a reason to own one of these weapons. Look into the eyes of your spouse and/or your children/family and tell me that’s NOT a reason to own one….to eliminate the threat….as many threats as there are that may decide your home is one where they wish to commit unspeakable crimes…..every would-be rapist, killer, robber that enters your home. What more reason is there? And if that’s not enough reason for you to own one, YOU are as sick as the criminals! Cause you have become an enabler! Or maybe you will understand the term “accessory” better…?

  • Fred April 8, 2015, 10:02 am

    Where does the second amendment say anything about hunting?

    • DRAINO April 9, 2015, 10:49 pm

      EXACTLY!! Kool-Aid drinkers….every one of them! I think some of their facts are lacking on integrity. I can’t recall a single recent case where a “black” rifle has been used to kill a cop. And of course there is a reason to have one of these weapons. Look into the eyes of your children or spouse….that’s a HUGE reason to have one….to kill as many intruding, rapist, robber, killers that enter your home and put those loved ones in danger. But then, I guess many believe that’s its a criminals right to rape and pillage without being molested by US people

  • chris April 7, 2015, 1:48 pm

    Try to take them away!!!!

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