Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Bill Would Increase Taxes on Guns and Ammo

A bill introduced in the House of Delegates would implement an additional sales tax on all firearm and ammunition purchases. House Bill 960 is awaiting a committee referral. The Sportsmen's Alliance has more:
HB 960 would require all individuals who purchase a firearm or ammunition to pay a new tax in addition to the taxes already incurred by the Pittman-Robertson Act and state sales taxes. The funds from this new tax would be earmarked for a student mental health and safety fund, which would be used to hire full time school counselors, social workers and school psychologists.
Contact your member of the House of Delegates and tell them that the taxes you currently pay on firearms and ammunition provides funding for the selection, restoration and improvement of wildlife habitat, and for wildlife management research. Let them know that you currently pay an 11-percent federal excise tax on sporting arms, ammunition and archery equipment, and a 10-percent tax on handguns and oppose any additional taxes on your constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

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