NY Congresswoman Announces Bill to Tax AR Makers 20 Percent Extra on All Revenue

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.

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.  

SEE ALSO: 8 Facts About Mass Killings & Gun-Related Violence That Democrats Must Acknowledge

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.  

Mark Oliva, the managing director of public affairs for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearms industry trade association called the legislation a “desperate attempt” to “out gun control” Rep. Nadler before the primary that she ultimately lost.

“It is an attempt to malign the Modern Sporting Rifle as something that is evil. In fact, more MSRs are in circulation today than there are Ford F-150s on the road,” noted Oliva.

“They are used daily for all lawful purposes, including hunting, recreational shooting and self-defense. Legislation of this nature is exactly why NSSF is constantly vigilant on Capitol Hill and in our state capitols. We must always call out attempts to legislate away our Second Amendment rights,” he added.

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.

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

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  • ej harbet September 7, 2022, 3:58 pm

    ms my husband got slaughteredlike the unarmed sheep he was.will be gone soon. good riddance

  • The Ghostman September 4, 2022, 5:20 pm

    Well, nobody noticed the lie she was trying to perpetuate? MSRs are NOT the weapon of choice of mass shooters. It’s handguns. over a 20 year period 147 different handguns were used in 99 incidents of mass shootings. During that same period, 60 rifles were used in 52 incidents (note: type not broken down).

    So, right off the bat, she’s lying to help the agenda.

    • D.J. September 6, 2022, 1:31 pm

      Oh , but of course , Sir .

      Throughout history , communists have lied in epic
      proportions to further their agendas . She is of no
      exception . Marx , mao , stalin , che , all of them ,
      would be proud of her .

  • {C September 2, 2022, 3:29 pm

    So does this mean that she will also demand a 20% tax on all alcoholic beverages? You know, Alcohol related auto deaths bad.

  • Philip Black September 2, 2022, 3:28 pm

    Have you ever met a person who is so stupid they don’t know their stupid?

  • Proghunter September 2, 2022, 1:01 pm

    Of course, none of that illegally confiscated tax will go to her program. It will end up in the pockets of Dems to fund them. So, to use her demented logic, taxing vehicles at 10% will increase safety and fund “safe driver” programs. The only tax that might work is one on inner city blacks who are the actual problem (with street purchases of stolen handguns). Or, each black thug arrested will be deported to Nigeria (since the Dems DAs don’t like to prosecute this privileged class).

  • AR Libertarian September 2, 2022, 12:11 pm

    You can’t tax a constitutional right. That’s why there is no poll tax.

    All taxes should be removed from firearms sales.

    • Roger September 2, 2022, 1:35 pm

      DON’T BE AN IDIOT and make statements out of your azz. You clearly don’t have a clue about US history, government, democracy, you just typically open your fool mouth on an issue that pertains to your desires, not to the good of all. TYPICAL serif-righteous big mouth

  • Big Al 45 September 2, 2022, 10:08 am

    This is akin to saying that Brewers, Distillers and Auto makers intend for people to get drunk and drive.
    And it won’t fly, it is a direct violation of Laws governing those very industries.
    What next, a tax on certain Dog breeders for their animals that are in the top categories for attacking people???
    To say this is a slippery slope is an understatement.
    Heaven forbid we actually hold responsible and really punish those that use guns in crimes.

    • Rog September 2, 2022, 1:38 pm

      WHAT AN ABSURD COMPARISON – please show your ignorance in other ways instead of being devoid of intellect, logic and education

      • Hondo September 7, 2022, 9:47 am

        Is it really ?

  • OldCombatEngineer September 2, 2022, 7:35 am

    Another deluded poser suckering the ignorant and emotional types. If she wants to make a difference, she needs to fund more police and vote for politicians who will keep violent thugs in prison.

  • SuperG August 31, 2022, 9:07 am

    After Trump becomes President again, he should tax Democrats an extra 20% for all the trouble they’ve caused.

  • Mark N. August 31, 2022, 1:21 am

    California is trying to do that one better by imposing a 10% tax on the sale of ALL ammunition and firearms. So even though the state has a multi-billion dollar surplus, they can’t find the money to fund “gun violence research” except by imposing higher taxes on only gun owners and buyers, as if these almost entirely law abiding group of people are somehow responsible for the scourge of gang violence.

    • J Jones September 2, 2022, 7:12 am

      Sorry…but California has way over 1 Trillion Dollars in unfunded liability for their state Pension Program…..Fact

    • Patriot September 2, 2022, 7:59 am

      ah,sorry but Kommiefornia has been near bankrupt for a long time,

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