In the end, criminals will never pay the tax, law-abiding citizens will rarely pay it, and the county will get little revenue. The only purpose it will serve is to let upstanding gun owners know their local government views them with disdain. The feeling, for good reason, is mutual.
October 13, 2012
Taxing bullets criminal: Penalizing the blameless for gun violence
[A case can be made that taxing a specific enumerated right such as firearms and ammunition is illegal just as taxing churches is illegal. This has yet to be challenged in court and I look forward to the discussion. It will be another front the anti-gunners have to fight on and one for which the First Amendment gives us strong guidance. And NFA 34 can be brought into discussion in a manner that has a better chance of success than a direct challenge to machine gun restrictions.—Joe]