Massachusetts gun owners are furious with new legislation being proposed that will see added taxation and a raft of other measures applied to legal ownership. According to the Crime Research Prevention Center, this kind of legislation has never done anything lower gun crime (and in fact increases it over time).
As reported in the Daily Caller:
The legislation, sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Cynthia Creem, is one of many she said she has filed every state senate session in order to “to make it harder and harder” to obtain a gun, she told Wicked Local Newsbank.
Not only would the bill impose a 4.75 percent surcharge “on sales at retail of all ammunition, rifles, shotguns, firearms or parts thereof” on top of the licensing fees, the state’s 6.25 percent sales tax and the 11 percent federal excise tax; it would also require virtually all firearm sales to take place through a licensed dealer, with an additional charge for private gun sales, require gun owners to use fingerprint scanners to deactivate the weapon when the technology becomes available and bans .50 caliber weapons outright with a hefty fine and possible jail time if someone is found in violation of the law.
This sweeping legislation has angered many and appears to be the test case for attempts to roll this policy out around the country. Punishing legal gun ownership has long been at the heart of Democrat policy, this is just the next step in their war to disarm the nation.