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Taxing ammo.

A question for the political watchdogs here: I keep hearing that people are afraid the Obama Admin is going to dramatically increase the tax on ammunition. Is there actually a bill proposed, currently, that would have this effect?

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Snopes is looking into it but haven't found anything to substantiate or refute it.

http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/ammunition.asp

Might be an urban legend dreamed up by Obama haters.

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Here's another link from a guy who did some research on it.

http://shakespearessister.blogspot.com/2009/01/ammunition-accountability...

Looks like he did some good research.

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Taxing ammo.

The ammunition accountability act didn't make it at the house, so they went for the states. I'm glad soco posted that. I'm not sure if the source is 100% correct, but I find it hard to believe that any state other than IL would consider it. There is no tax with this proposal, but a fee of .005 cents per round to the consumer to pay for the stamping costs.

I remember hearing cries of taxation on ammunition going up as much as 500%, but I have not seen anything thing nor heard anything to support this. I honestly don't think they would ever slam large tax amounts on ammunition anyway. If they go that route, they could easily raise it .75 cents, but I would hope no one in their right mind would support any bill with tax amounts doubling current prices. Now if they are able to pass law to legally pursue manufaturers for gun crimes, then I bet you'd see the prices go up for company recovery charges. That would be a more strategic move.

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jfrench follow Soco's second link. None of the acts actually made it to a vote, all died in committee in state legislatures, it's below the cut and pasted email.

Sounds pretty likely to me.

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This is part of the post-Heller effort to focus on ammunition, under the theory that the 2nd Amendment doesn't cover ammo. The NRA is already getting pretty deep into this, and I'll wager we're going to see a legal challenge at some point that will seek to define "arms" as weapons AND ammunition. Deprive someone of ammo, and you've deprived them of arms.

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Reminds me of that CA case. I can't remember the name, but the one where the county wanted to shut down the gun show on county fair grounds during the highland games. The attorney for the county stated point blank that the Heller decision had no merrit in that case. One of the judges then stated that if there were not an avenue to purchase a gun, then the 2nd Amendment could not be legally upheld, and that the two were one in the same.

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