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.
While 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.
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