Imagine walking into your local gun shop, buying a gun, ammo to practice with, and unknowingly funding research used by groups actively working to disarm law-abiding citizens nationwide. This is the reality of new proposed ammo and firearms taxation throughout the United States.
Steph With TMGN breaks down the insidious nature of Firearms Taxation.
Our newest example is New York Senate Bill S8415, which would add an arbitrary 5-cent tax per round of ammunition larger than .22 Caliber. Rounds smaller than .22 Caliber would be subject to a 2-cent tax per round. According to the bill, the tax revenue would go to the state's Gun Violence Research Fund.
What is the Gun Violence Research Fund, you may ask? According to Carl E. Heastie, speaker of the New York State Assembly, the Gun Violence Research Fund is meant to "Fund critical research into the root causes of gun violence, and help us address and solve those problems in our state and in our communities."
While this messaging doesn't explicitly state that the government will use the research to pass anti-gun bills, it's worth noting that anti-gun groups did support the creation of this fund.
Anti-Gun groups are some of the most prominent supporters of "research" into gun violence and funding that research through less than honest means, such as proclaiming gun violence as a "public health crisis." Of course, if the government were to designate it that way, government health agencies like NIH and the CDC could start funding this "research."