Mon Dec 17, 2012, 10:08 PM
Maraya1969 (11,489 posts)
What would happen if they imposed a really high tax on guns and ammunition? I just checked and
you can buy ammo tax free on the internet. That is terrible. I think it should be taxed at least as high as cigarettes and maybe even higher. Guns should be taxes as much too.
Of course considering what people pay for their guns it won't stop much but it may stop some. Every little bit helps.
As long as the President enacts the laws that are on the books also.
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Response to Maraya1969 (Original post)
Mon Dec 17, 2012, 10:14 PM
BeyondGeography (27,689 posts)
1. Taxing is tricky
With cigarettes, the number of smokers dwindles all the time, and the tax is seen as an investment in public health since it's designed to discourage consumption. With guns, it's not clear that would happen, so you'd potentially have a growing revenue stream supported by growing numbers of people and you a) have to answer to them and b) have to worry about governments becoming addicted to the cash.
Better to eliminate certain forms of consumption altogether.
Response to Recursion (Reply #2)
Mon Dec 17, 2012, 10:53 PM
DURHAM D (23,687 posts)
4. I read up on this last night.
It is a 10% tax that is collected at the federal level, given to the Department of the Interior and the proceeds are then sent to the state. It goes to fish and wildlife for management of hunting areas.
When I opened the link for those items that are taxed vs. those not taxed it was missing so I don't know what the loopholes are but I assume there are many.