Democrats have seized upon recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas to call for new restrictions on firearm ownership.
In addition to supporting traditional bans, one member of Congress recently proposed a novel way to limit gun rights.
Bill would raise the cost of a rifle by 1000%
Virginia Rep. Donald Beyer told Business Insider this weekend that he is proposing a 1,000% tax on semiautomatic rifles such as the AR-15.
Congress must act to prevent mass shootings.
I’m writing a bill to restrict the flow of weapons of war into American communities – including AR-15’s and high capacity magazines – that could bypass the filibuster and pass with just 50 votes in the Senate:https://t.co/dXFRFftYxu
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) June 5, 2022
“What it’s intended to do is provide another creative pathway to actually make some sensible gun control happen,” Beyer said. Under his proposal, the cost of so-called “assault weapons” would increase to anywhere between $5,000 to $20,000.
What’s more, Beyer argued that his plan could be implemented via a budget reconciliation, a move which would avoid being blocked by the Senate filibuster.
“We think that a 1,000% fee on assault weapons is just the kind of restrictive measure that creates enough fiscal impact to qualify for reconciliation,” he insisted.
Zach Moller works at the left-wing Third Way think tank, and he suggested that Beyer’s plan could serve as a legislative work around.
“Taxes get more deference in budget reconciliation than other policies from a parliamentarian point of view,” Moller was quoted by Business Insider as saying.
Congressman lists 11 recent shootings that were stopped by legal gun owners
The Daily Wire reported that Beyer’s proposal comes even as Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline has put forward a bill which would ban rifles with “a magazine that is not a fixed ammunition magazine and has one or more military characteristics including a pistol grip, a forward grip, a barrel shroud, a threaded barrel or a folding or telescoping stock.”
During an exchange last week, Cicilline claimed that he was unaware of any incidents in which a mass shooter had been stopped by a legal gun owner.
The Western Journal noted that Kentucky Republican Thomas Massie responded by quickly listing 11 recent examples of an armed individuals doing just that.