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Congressional Bill 1745: Federal Gun Buy-Back | U.S. PATRIOT NEWS & REVIEWS

Congressional Bill 1745: Federal Gun Buy-Back

While the nation was paying attention to Baltimore and all of its craziness, Congress was quietly drafting an anti-gun bill. Known as “Support Assault Firearms Elimination and Reduction for our Streets Act,” Bill HR 1745 not only has a goofy name, but a pointless purpose of revising tax codes to allow gun owners to surrender “assault” weapons to the Federal Government for tax credits.

As one would expect, the all too common liberal definition of “assault weapon” is used in this bill, labeling just about any semi-automatic long gun with a removable magazine as such.  Basically, think the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban.

By turning in a weapon that meets the criteria of this bill, one would be given a tax credit of $2000. Not all at once, mind you. The money would be spread over two tax returns, giving a credit of $1000 per year. The idea is to entice people to hand over guns to the government in exchange for money. Nothing new here as local governments and have been doing this for years. Unlike many of the local gun buy-backs, however, the person who surrenders a weapon under this law would have to prove that the weapon is legally owned. In addition to that, only one weapon may be turned in for compensation.

This bill clearly has several issues. The idea is to get weapons off of the streets that pose a threat to the general public. By only collecting legally owned weapons, the odds of those guns ever being used in a crime is very low as the bulk of gun violence is conducted with illegally possessed firearms.  On top of that, the majority of gun owners own multiple guns, so only being able to surrender one gun per person will have little effect on the number of privately owned weapons.

Buyback ARWhile this law would have little impact on gun crime, the problems do not end there. There is no mention of what happens to the firearms after they are surrendered. One would assume that they would be either destroyed or used for police training and weapon recognition. We all know what happens when we assume things though, don’t we. There is nothing in this bill that would prevent the government from selling/giving these weapons to “moderate” rebels or other groups that the government has an interest in. One more piece of information this bill leaves out is the method of verifying that the weapons are legally owned. Would the seller have to conduct a background check and have the weapon’s serial number ran? If so, what would our always-to-be-trusted government do with that information? It is a bit “conspiracy theory” to think that the person who surrendered a weapon under this law would end up as a prohibited buyer, but not out of the realm of possibility.

Now, as if all of that wasn’t evidence enough that this bill is as useful as a three legged horse, there is one more flaw. This one happens to be my favorite. It is not that hard to obtain a legal firearm that would fit the list of accepted guns that costs well under $2000. For instance, the article I recently wrote about building a budget AR 15. That weapon was made for $500 or so which is less than half of what one of the two payments received under this bill would be. Not too shabby if you ask me. Build a rifle for $500, sell it to the federal government for $2000, and buy a new rifle with more mags and ammo.

No, in the end, this bill will not stop anyone from using a gun for a crime, nor will it take guns likely to be used in a crime off of the streets. More questions are created than are answered by the language of this bill and it provides frugal gun owners with the ability to grow their collection without shrinking the wallet. Pretty much, this bill is a waste of paper that could have been used for something much more useful, like a child’s coloring book.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Seth Belt

Seth grew up in Southern Arizona before joining the U.S. Navy. While serving in the Navy, Seth was an anti-narcotics operator and an anti-submarine operator for 5 years. He was lucky enough to travel to many of the Central and South American countries, as well as visiting many South East Asian nations and islands. One of Seth’s greatest joys from his time in the Navy was teaching new Sailors firearms education and safety. After leaving the Navy in 2010, Seth returned to Arizona and had a rough time learning how to be a civilian again, often working jobs that could barely pay the bills. After going to school, Seth became an Emergency Medical Technician in the Phoenix Valley, where he now lives with his wife and son.His areas of knowledge cover military, firearms, and emergency medicine.
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8 thoughts on “Congressional Bill 1745: Federal Gun Buy-Back

  1. So many other things that are important get no attention and as usual politicians, lobbyists and the government pander to the squeaky wheel flavor of the month.

    I say NO!

  2. The legal, law-abiding gun owner isn’t likely to turn in one of these evil, awful, mean and nasty “assault weapons.” These people understand that the value of these weapons and their right to own them transcends their monetary worth. They’re not going to throw away their rights for a quick freebie from the Left. Most likely, as is usual with these pieces of knee-jerk legislation, no questions will be asked as to how the “owners” came into these guns, leaving the door to fraud wide open to people who care little about the law in the first place, and will most likely just steal another gun down the line…

  3. Would this let me buy a stripped down cheap Ar for $700 and turn it in for a 2,000 credit? If so, that could be a cool loophole. They won’t get my personal but I’ll arbitrage that if they put it out there

  4. I read the proposed bill and unless you OWE the IRS at least $1,000.00 when your taxes come due, you loose all or part of the credit. I usually get back around $500 from the IRS so I would be giving a gun away (IF I had one, I’m not owning up to anything in that regard) and the bill did not specify what kind of paperwork the IRS was to accept from the government agency you surrendered your gun to. I have a friend who bought an AR from a private individual with a bill of sale handwritten on notebook paper, which likely would only get a laugh from the IRS, not a $2,000 tax credit.. Basically one could use an acetylene torch to cut up their gun and accomplish the same thing as this buy back proposal. I say NO !

  5. My question is, do you really think that the people who use these weapons for illegally killing people are going to turn in one of these weapons? I don’t think so….So where in does the “gun control” come into play here?

  6. I hate the fact that “our government” loves wasting money and has stupid tax laws. At the same time though, I will take advantage of every tax break I can get until that issues is resolved. If this bill passes, I will buy the cheapest POS “assault rifle” I can buy and make a profit from it. This is an absolutely stupid idea, but as a legal gun lover, I would fully take advantage of it, to get money for my family. Unfortunately, I’m the wrong color and have a work ethic, to get all the government freebies that other people collect, so I’m all for it.

  7. Seeing how many of our great, enlightened politicians often confuse “assault weapons” with “machine guns” – along with death rays, planet killers, and whatever else that looks or sounds scary – then we could take a sack of potatoes, paint an evil looking smiley face on it, duct tape a trigger and barrel to it, then voila, credit owed.

    …I mean really, are they going to know the difference? We’re talking about village idiots and professional seat-sitters writing these bills and enforcing the tax code. Couldn’t be too hard. lol

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