Connecticut State Rep Jillian Gilchrest (D-13) recently introduced a bill that would tax ammunition.
HB 5700 would impose a 50% tax increase on ammo. Law enforcement and military are exempt from this tax, but if you’re a Connecticut, you’re out of luck.
Naturally, gun owners have been up in arms about this blatant infringement on their right to self-defense. On the other hand, Gilchrest has been completely befuddled at the backlash she has received from gun owners.
In a tweet, she even went out of her way to question the amount of ammo one needs to defend their home: “I’m hearing push back about the need to protect one’s home… but how much ammunition does someone really need to do that?”
Gilchrest’s remarks are just a firm reminder of how out of touch gun control advocates are with their constituents. For those living in tough neighborhoods, the more ammo the merrier. Any form of gun control that impede an individual’s ability to defend themselves and their home could be a matter of life and death.
Bills like HB 5700 are no outlier in Connecticut politics. Connecticut has a proven track record as an anti-gun State. It was one of the forerunners in establishing red flag gun confiscation orders. After a shooting took place at a State Lottery headquarters, Connecticut passed the nation’s first red flag law.
Since the Newtown shooting on December 14, 2012, Connecticut became one of the leading states promoting gun control. Shortly after the shooting, Connecticut enacted a law that required universal background checks for firearms purchase and banned magazines that held more than 10 rounds of ammo.
Ammo taxes are essentially sin taxes that are used to discourage certain types of unsavory behaviors. However, like most government interventions, they come with unintended consequences. Ammo taxes are ultimately passed onto consumers, especially the poor. For a party that claims to be the champions of the poor, Democrats sure seem to like pushing for legislation that hurts their interests.
Additionally, ammo taxes will do nothing to stop crime. What most gun controllers don’t want to hear is that criminals will just turn to the black market to acquire firearms and the necessary ammunition to carry out their illegal activities. It’s the law-abiding citizens that ultimately lose out when the government encroaches on gun rights.
Ammo taxes are a big government double whammy as the government not only intrudes on an individual’s right to bear arms, but now it gets to collect additional revenues through taxation. Increased revenues will allow it grow more bloated and even more intrusive.
Let’s not fall for the feel-good rhetoric. Ammo taxes are just another form of gun control that makes it harder for people to defend themselves. And this time, the government gets a cut for infringing on your rights by slapping on a tax.
Minnesota Had Record Numbers of Concealed Carry Licenses Issued in 2020
Red or blue, Americans nationwide are getting strapped.
Gun sales have boomed all across America. And it’s not just the Red states. Blue states like Minnesota have also witnessed an increase in the number of concealed carry permits issued.
According to Valley News Live, over 96,000 permits were issued in 2020, which represented the highest number of permits issued since carry permits became legal in 2003. Furthermore, 2020’s numbers represented a twofold increase from 2019 in the number of permits issued.
Tom Knighton of Bearing Arms noted that roughly “400,000 permits have been issued in total in a state of just over 5.6 million people.”
The Valley News Live piece actually conceded that the increase in permits issued was largely the result of a “ rise in violent crime in the Twin Cities and the civil unrest that followed the death of George Floyd.”
Minneapolis was the epicenter of social unrest after the death of George Floyd in late May 2020. With calls to defund the police and irresponsible political leadership that refused to decisively crack down on crime, Minnesotans began to take matters into their own hands.
Gun owners are ultimately the most effective first responders in times of crisis and overall breakdowns of social order. Minnesota’s gun laws are actually quite strict, which has earned it dismal rankings in Guns & Ammo magazine’s rankings for Best States for Gun Owners (39th place) and Best States for Concealed Carry (37th place). Regardless of the sub-optimal gun policies, Minnesotans still instinctively understand the importance of the right to carry.
2020 was a big year for gun sales and showed that the right to bear arms still has a massive constituency of people that can be targeted and activated for future occasions. Serious Republican campaigns should recognize this trend and make targeting gun owners a major priority throughout their get out the vote programs.
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