At the federal level, Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., proposed a bill that would impose a 10 percent tax on “any concealable” firearm. The revenue would be used to help fund a national gun buyback program. The bill is still in committee.
At the state level in California, Democratic state Rep. Roger Dickinson last month introduced a bill to impose a 5-cent tax on every bullet. …
Massachusetts state Rep. David Linsky is pushing a 25 percent sales tax on ammunition and firearms. Maryland state Rep. Jon Cardin has introduced a bill imposing a 50 percent tax on ammo, and an annual $25 gun registration fee.
And according to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Assembly Majority Leader William Horne is pushing a draft bill that would include a $25 per gun sales tax, in addition to a 2-cent tax for every round of ammunition.
Which leads to the question of whether or not one may tax the exercise of a constitutional right, or the materials necessary to exercise said right, for the purpose of discouraging the exercise of said constitutional right.
After all, the Supreme Court did deal with a similar issue thirty years ago, in Minneapolis Star and Tribune Company v. Minnesota Commissioner of Revenue (46- US 575). If the state may not impose a special tax upon the ink and paper used to publish newspapers due to the substantial burden it creates for the exercise of First Amendment rights, surely a special tax designed to discourage the purchase of guns and ammunition constitutes an impermissible burden upon Second Amendment rights.
H/T Hot Air