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Wisconsin Dems Float 20 Percent Tax on Guns, Ammo to Fund Gun Buyback

Wisconsin Democrats want gun owners to fund gun buyback programs via heavy taxation on gun and ammo purchases. Are we going to sit back and take it?

Last week hardcore anti-gun Democrat State Representatives introduced a bill that would tax gun owners and buyers to the tune of 20 percent on every firearm and box of ammo they purchase. As if to reinforce their disdain for gun owners and the Second Amendment, the proposed law would then require the state to use those taxes to fund Australian-style gun buyback programs.

Authored by Rep. Melissa Agard Sargent, D-Madison, and supported by anti-gun allies in the Assembly and Senate (see below), Assembly Bill 960 would, as reported by,

…set up a two-year trial program through the Wisconsin Department of Justice that would require lawful firearms dealers in the state to pay a special 20 percent tax over and above any current sales tax on every sale of a gun or ammunition. This would require each seller to register under the program under penalty of law for non-compliance.

The monies would then be issued to gun control organs and law enforcement agencies in the state to conduct gun buyback programs requiring that any firearms recovered be destroyed or, if historical, be transferred to the state for preservation. The programs would issue gift cards or certificates that could not be used for future gun or ammo purchases and a report on all weapons would be submitted to DOJ.

Essentially, these anti-Second Amendment officials would add insult to injury by punishing gun owners for exercising their Second Amendment rights by first hitting them with excessive taxation, and then using those taxes to try to wrest their firearms from them.

As one commenter on the story wryly noted, “If you can tax one Constitutional Right, why not all of them. Maybe you should tax people to vote and use that money to help get out the vote.”

Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, said it plainly when he told, “This is using the axiom the power to tax is the power to destroy. Which is the goal of the gun prohibition lobby.”

Some weeks ago Sargent declared her abhorrence for private ownership of firearms and her admiration for the kind of restrictive gun control measures seen in places like Australia.

In a fuzzy-logic letter to The Cap Times, Sargent parroted President Obama’s dubious claim that America “is the only advanced country in the world that sees these mass shootings on a perpetual basis.” She followed that with the false conclusion that the gun control measures taken by other nations have “tackled the issue head on to stop these tragedies from happening again.”

No, Ms. Sargent, they have not stopped these tragedies from happening again. Mass shootings have repeated in countries with strict gun bans.

We also know that where gun bans like those in Australia have been enacted, while already statistically rare instances of mass shootings do decline, violent crimes, such as rape, skyrocket almost across the board. Do you have legislation prepared to “stop those tragedies from happening” as well?

Gottlieb concluded, “We all know that criminals and terrorists don’t give up their weapons at gun buy backs. So the firearms and the people this is aimed at not are not the problem. Is it any wonder that the people have lost respect for politicians who offer false solutions to our nation’s problems?”

I’d suggest that ‘the people’ have gone beyond a loss of respect for politicians who present false solutions. The people are becoming angered and embittered by politicians like these who would destroy our Constitutional rights while mocking our embrace of liberty and founding principles.

Sponsoring Assembly Bill 960 were:

  • Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison)
  • Rep. LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee)
  • Rep. Frederick Kessler (D-Milwaukee)
  • Rep. Christine Sinicki (D-Milwaukee)
  • Rep. Lisa Subeck (D-Madison)
  • Rep. Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee)
  • Rep. Terese Berceau (D-Madison)
  • Sen. Nikiya Harris Dodd (D-Milwaukee)
  • Sen. Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee)

You’ve got the power of the pen and the phone. President Obama may have infamously said that line first, but it means more when we the people say it. If our elected officials are intent to put their boot heels to our rights, it is incumbent upon us to let them know that we will not stand for it.

Use your pen and phone to contact your representatives. Let them know that you do not approve of anti-Constitutional, anti-liberty legislation like Assembly Bill 960, and that you will actively campaign to remove from office any elected official who supports such legislation.

All Wisconsin elected officials and their contact information may be found at the Wisconsin State Legislature website.

Do not sit idly by.



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