Last week, I discussed the proposed changes to NFA rules. Since then, people have been yammering at me that the proposal will also raise fees and add taxes on other firearms. Here's one cheery example:
King Obama, his court jester Eric Holder and their lawless DOJ created and sent this Executive Ordered Directive to the ATF. (…) The Transfer & Manufacture Stamp Taxes are being raised from $200 per item to $500 per item, AOW's will go from $5 to $200. This is most likely because the NFA Branch of the ATF will be receiving so many fewer applications, and just an excuse in general to increase tax revenue per item.
There are so many things wrong with that I don't know where to begin. There is no executive order. I have no idea what an "ordered directive" is, either.
So I went back and pored over the petition a second time. It's written in eyeball-scouring, triple-column, single-spaced pages. Yeah, thanks for that, guys.
Turns out, it's not there. It's actually part of H.R. 3018, also known as the Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act of 2013. The bill seeks to raise existing excise taxes on firearms (including receivers) to 20% and the tax on ammunition to 50%. It also contains provisions for raising the fees on NFA transfers and manufacture.
Sobering as it sounds, it's dead on arrival. It has one cosponsor, and neither he or the sponsor are part of the usual gaggle of predatory zealots. Furthermore, it seeks to alter and reallocate tax revenue collected under the Pittman-Robertson Act, and that's not going to fly with anybody.