At town hall, gun rights advocates question Pascrell’s gun, ammo tax bill

by S.P. Sullivan/  |  published on August 28, 2013

CLIFFSIDE PARK — Congressman Bill Pascrell defended legislation he’s proposed that would increase federal excise taxes on guns and ammunition during a town hall here Tuesday night.

The Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act, which Pascrell announced last week alongside law enforcement and family members of victims of gun violence, is geared toward raising revenues for police programs, education and research.

But it’s drawn criticism from gun rights advocates by funding those programs by raising the excise taxes for firearms from 10 percent to 20 percent, and for ammunition from 11 percent to 50 percent.

“I think it’s interesting to add an excise tax to something people rely on for personal protection,” Max McGuire, a member of the New Jersey Second Amendment Society, told the Congressman. “Because if you proposed doing that for fire extinguishers or first aid kits in order to fund fire departments or EMS programs, you’d be laughed out of the building.”

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