Would you trade your 2nd Amendment rights for a $2,000 tax break?
CT Democrat Rep. Rosa DeLauro proposed a new bill on Monday that would offer gun owners a tax break for voluntarily turning in their assault weapons.
Also known as the Support Assault Firearm Elimination and Education of our (SAFER) Streets Act, this bill will be reintroduced by DeLauro next week. However, this is not the first time that DeLauro has introduced the SAFER legislation. Originally this bill was introduced in January 2013, but did not make it through with enough votes from the House Republicans.
"Assault weapons are not about hunting, or even self-defense," DeLauro said. "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."
With this legislation, DeLauro hopes to remove high-powered assault weapons from the streets by offering gun owners a $2,000 tax credit ($1,000 for two consecutive years) for turning in their weapons to proper law enforcement officals.
She also believes that this bill is a common-sense step to ensure that mass shootings and police fatalities never happen again, even though assault weapons are used in less than 1% of police fatalities and less than 2% of gun-related homicides.
Though DeLauro is in support of implementing a full ban on assault weapons and ammunition, she claims that the SAFER legislation will not force anyone to turn in their guns against their will.
Gun owners have had several different responses to the SAFER legislation. Some feel that her legislation is both factually challenged and offensive, while others view it as an opportunity to upgrade their inoperable guns for new ones. The bill neither advises gun owners against using their tax credit to purchase newer firearms nor does it state that the firearms they turn in have to be functional.