Proposal to lower US silencer taxes

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by Quigley_Sharps, Jul 1, 2008.


  1. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Is something like this worth enacting into law? This proposal lowers the transfer tax on 'silencers' to five dollars



    HEARING PROTECTION ACT
    ________________________________________
    A BILL
    To amend Federal law by lowering certain taxes on sound moderating devices regulated by Internal Revenue Code.
    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
    SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
    This Act may be cited as the `Hearing Protection Act'.
    SEC. 2. TAXATION OF CERTAIN SOUND MODERATING DEVICES
    (a) Section 5811 of Chapter 53 of Title 26 of U.S.C. is amended to read:


    ‘(a) Rate
    There shall be levied, collected, and paid on firearms transferred a tax at the rate of $200 for each firearm transferred, except, the transfer tax on any firearm classified as any other weapon under section 5845 (e) or any firearm as defined in section 5845 (a) (7) shall be at the rate of $5 for each such firearm transferred.’



    (b) Section 5821 of Chapter 53 of Title 26 U.S.C. is amended to read:

    ‘(a) Rate
    There shall be levied, collected, and paid upon the making of a firearm a tax at the rate of $200 for each firearm made except for the making of a firearm as defined in section 5845 (a)(7) where the rate shall be $5 for each such firearm made.’



    SEC. 3. EFFECTIVE DATE.
    This Act and the amendments made by this Act shall take effect after being enacted into law
     
  2. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Do I read that right? This will pit the Surgeon General with the IRS and BATFE? And all firearm transfers to be taxed at $200, except cans? With that clarity, I don't see what good it will do aside running amount paid up. Now, if the taxes were earmarked, I'd have to rethink a resounding NYET.
     
  3. Tackleberry

    Tackleberry Krieg Hündchen

    Lets get the cans lowered, then work to get the others lowered later. We need to adopt the leftest tactic of going after one law at a time, chipping away at their agenda.
     
  4. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Agree with the tactic. The problem is, if I'm reading that blurb right, all other firearms get a 200 FRN tax added on. There goes your 300 FRN pocket pistol, priced too far for the sheep to even consider, even if awoken. [dunno]
     
  5. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    I'm not reading that; I think it is just referring to NFA weapons.
     
  6. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    YUP NFA only
     
  7. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Well, then, it sounds like a step in the right direction.
     
  8. monkeyman

    monkeyman Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    IF it ONLY refers to the NFA items then sounds like a step in the right direction but I also thought it was saying it would create a $200 tax on EVERY firearm. So make that $90 NEF singleshot shotgun $290 and if thats the case then absolutely neds to go away.
     
  9. gunbunny

    gunbunny Never Trust A Bunny

    **** YEAH!!! I spent WAY too much in taxes with my suppressors! I'd buy more cans if the price wasn't $200 more over the dealer's cost.

    Just to clarify, when you fill out the BATFE paperwork for the suppressor, it is actually listed as a firearm. Why? I don't know. Maybe it was so they didn't have to make yet another form just for suppressors? I doubt that.

    The form regulating the transfer is actually just a document, when fully completed, stamped and signed by the BATFE, stating that the tax was paid for the transfer of the "firearm". Pretty funny, if you think about it.

    They are only talking about "firearms" listed as NFA registered firearms. That means the Title II list that includes: Machine Guns, Short barrelled Rifles (SBR), Short Barrelled Shotguns (SBS), Destructive Devices, Silencers (Suppressors, cans, mufflers, moderators, etc), and Any Other Weapons (AOW- pen guns, cane guns, pistols with a forward pistol grip, etc). Regular firearms are considered Title I firearms (Non- NFA) and not part of the list.

    Anybody know when this bill is up for a vote?
     
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