Land of the Rising Gun
Why Not Tax Bullets?

The U.S. has had some success in reducing cigarette use, alcohol consumption, and even fuel consumption by increasing taxes on the consumable. Let’s try it with guns.

Published on: February 7, 2016
Richard J. Gelles is the Joanne and Raymond Welsh Chair of Child Welfare and Family Violence at the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania.
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  • KC G

    This is the most ridiculous concept ever.

    1) If you tax the bullets, people will just reload them. Shell casings are everywhere and you can practically reload one with stuff available from any hardware store… so forget about also controlling smokeless powder or primers.

    2) Such an exorbitant taxation on ammo would constitute a de facto restriction on 2nd amendment rights as the SCOTUS has confirmed both that the right to ammo is implied and that taxation on a natural right is unconstitutional.

    3) The only class of people this would effectively disarm are the poor. It’s voting taxes all over again, good luck with the civil liberties lawsuits.

    4) Doing this would also instantly create a black market for cheap(er) ammo. You create a whole new breed and system of criminals and violence by making something an illegal commodity. The enactment of this sort of taxation would literally get more people killed through gang violence and organized crime than it could ever hope to save.

    ETC… It was a bad plan then, and it’s a bad plan now.

  • cgray

    Democrats have never heard of handloading, apparently. Hilarious. Oh, and it’s “cartridge”, not “bullet”, Democrat.

  • 1stServe

    Think you need to just tighten up the terminology a bit and push this back out there. It would seem that all these protective measures (not to mention now hardening schools, security, etc), outpace the overall profit of the gun industry and funding for all the additional requirements shouldn’t come from the majority of the population who want some sort of sensible alternative to let’s revisit the wild west…

  • Jeff Chang


    You purposely want to curtail a right through taxation. Time to tax journalists by the word.

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