Tax Them, Take Them, Turn Appropriate into Regulated Privilege


Sen. Elizabeth Warren, shown right here at a CNN Town Hall occasion, has a grand scheme for guns and their owners if elected president in 2020. (Screen capture, YouTube, CNN)

U.S.A. –-( Possessing surged lately in the polls, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is once more touting her gun handle agenda that consists of licensing of gun owners, waiting periods, growing taxes on guns and ammunition, limiting firearm purchases, raising the minimum buying age, banning so-named “assault weapons” and complete capacity magazines.

This was all spelled out in a detailed proposal bylined by Warren at some weeks ago, and now it is coming back into concentrate thanks to a short mention at

There are so numerous points to the Warren gun handle program that it requires a when receiving by means of them. But a fast study reveals that Warren cannot inform the distinction in between a constitutionally-protected basic correct and a government-regulated privilege. Right here are the highlights, in her personal words:

“When I am president,” Warren writes, “I will send Congress complete legislation containing our most effective tips about what will perform to lower gun violence.

“It begins by guaranteeing that protected, accountable ownership is the typical for everybody who chooses to personal a gun. We’ll do that by:

  • Generating a federal licensing method. States with strict licensing specifications encounter reduce prices of gun trafficking and violence. A license is expected to drive a automobile, and Congress really should establish a similarly simple federal licensing method for the obtain of any kind of firearm or ammunition.
  • Requiring universal background checks. I’ll expand background checks by way of executive action — but Congress really should act to permanently mandate universal background checks. And I’ll push Congress to close the so-named “Charleston loophole” that enables a sale to proceed immediately after 3 days even if the background verify is not total.
  • Escalating taxes on gun makers. Considering the fact that 1919, the federal government has imposed an excise tax on makers and importers of guns and ammunition. Handguns are taxed at 10% and other guns and ammunition are taxed at 11%. These taxes raise significantly less in income than the federal excise tax on cigarettes, domestic wine, or even airline tickets. It is time for Congress to raise these prices — to 30% on guns and 50% on ammunition — each to lower new gun and ammunition sales all round and to bring in new federal income that we can use for gun violence prevention and enforcement of current gun laws.
  • Establishing a true waiting period. Waiting periods stop impulsive gun violence, decreasing gun suicides by 7–11% and gun homicides by 17%. More than the previous five years, a national handgun waiting period would have stopped at least four,550 gun deaths. The federal government really should establish a a single-week waiting period for all firearm purchases.
  • Capping firearms purchases. About a single out of 4 of firearms recovered at the scene of a crime have been component of a bulk obtain. Congress really should limit the quantity of guns that can be bought to a single per month, equivalent to a Virginia law that effectively lowered the likelihood of Virginia-purchased guns getting employed in criminal activity.
  • Generating a new federal anti-trafficking law. Congress really should make clear that trafficking firearms or engaging in “straw purchases” — when an person buys a gun on behalf of a prohibited purchaser — are federal crimes. This would give law enforcement new tools to crack down on gun trafficking and support maintain guns out of the incorrect hands.
  • Raising the minimum age for gun purchases. I’ll extend current age specifications to practically all sales, but federal law is presently conflicting — for instance, a particular person need to be 21 to obtain a handgun from a federally licensed dealer, but only 18 to obtain a rifle. Congress really should set the federal minimum age at 21 for all gun sales.

Concerns right away arise:

What other constitutionally-enumerated basic correct calls for getting a license just before it can be exercised by a U.S. citizen?

Considering the fact that when have criminals bothered with background checks, “universal” or otherwise? Does not this quantity to a back-door registration method?

Is it constitutional to spot a burdensome tax on the workout of a basic correct? There is practically nothing in the Bill of Rights about smoking, creating wine or flying on an airplane. There is anything there about the correct to maintain and bear arms.

What other constitutionally-protected correct calls for a waiting period just before it could be exercised? Ought to there be waiting periods on “breaking news” reports? How about voting? Probably abortion?

Perhaps on getting in a position to speak to an lawyer if you are charged with a crime?

What other rights could be exercised only after every single month?

Are not there currently laws against trafficking in firearms? What would a new law do that an current law does not currently achieve?

If a person can vote at age 18, join the military and be issued a firearm by the government, obtain a automobile, get married, start off a small business and be deemed mature adequate to make these choices, why shouldn’t they be deemed mature adequate to obtain a firearm?

Below Warren’s bylined agenda, “Congress really should once more ban the future production, sale, and importation of military-style assault weapons, and need folks currently in possession of assault weapons to register them below the National Firearms Act. Just as we did effectively with machine guns immediately after the passage of that law, we really should establish a buyback system to enable these who want to do so to return their weapon for protected disposal, and folks who fail to register or return their assault weapon really should face penalties.” (Emhasis added.)

Senator Warren also has a dislike of the National Rifle Association, as evidenced by her vow to “break the NRA’s stranglehold on Congress by passing sweeping anti-corruption legislation and eliminating the filibuster so that our nation can no longer be held hostage by a tiny group of nicely-financed extremists who have currently produced it completely clear that they will never ever place the security of the American folks very first.”

And, if elected, she will “investigate the NRA and its cronies.” Warren notes the NRA “is accused of exploiting loopholes in federal laws governing non-profit spending to divert member dues into lavish payments for its board members and senior leadership. I’ll appoint an lawyer basic committed to investigating these forms of corrupt small business practices, and the banks and third-celebration vendors — like Wells Fargo — that enabled the NRA to skirt the guidelines for so extended.”

Warren, like other Democrats now operating for president, is not challenged by the media on any of these points. The similar media has adopted the gun prohibition lobby’s lexicon, it seems, by reporting on gun handle efforts as “ gun safety” or “ gun reform.”

Is it time for Warren to face the sort of scrutiny she would apply to citizens hoping to obtain firearms and workout their rights below the Second Amendment and most state constitutions?


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Dave Workman

About Dave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at and Liberty Park Press, author of many books on the Appropriate to Retain & Bear Arms and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.



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