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DeLauro calls for $2,000 tax credit for turning in assault rifles


U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3, proposed a $2,000 tax credit for turning in assault rifles to police as Congress takes up gun control.
Called, Support Assault Firearm Elimination and Reduction for out Street Act, it would work by providing a federal tax credit for people who turn in weapons related to future local, state or federal programs.

Lawmakers are facing pressure to do something in the wake of the Newtown massacre in which a man took his mother’s guns, killed her and then shot up an elementary school leaving 20 first graders dead along with six staff.

“Let us be clear. Assault weapons are not about hunting or even self-defense and they should be off the streets,” DeLauro said. “There is no reason on Earth, other than to kill as many people as possible in a very short period of time, that anyone needs a gun designed for military purposes. These weapons have been disproportionately used to kill law enforcement officers in the line of duty and were tragically used in Newtown, Aurora, and countless other mass shootings across America.

The SAFER Streets Act creates a $2,000 refundable tax credit ($1,000 for two consecutive years) for an assault weapon owner who turns in their firearm to the state police.

DeLauro said the idea of a tax credit came from a Connecticut veteran.
Here is the key language of the act:

IN GENERAL.—In the case of an individual who surrenders a specified assault weapon to the
United States or a State or local government (or political subdivision thereof) as part of a Federal,
State, or local public safety program to reduce the number of privately-owned weapons, on the election
of the taxpayer there shall be allowed as a credit against the tax imposed by this chapter an amount equal to $2,000.

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Rob Varnon

3 Responses

  1. chriswinct says:

    I think that would be fine if it were offset by implementing a federal $500 tax on gun lecenses. ($1000 for assault weapons, automatics, semis and magazines holding more than 10 rounds and a minimum $10000 fine for lying on a gun license applcation -something that came to light last week in recent weeks as a bit of a problem.

    The conecept is similar to Obamacare, whre everyeone has a RIHGT to healthcare, but a MANDATE to pay for it, even if through taxes.

    Lets not forget that the at the historical time that second ammendment became law, the following was legal in the United States :

    Owning black people. Ths would change SEVENTY-FOUR YEARS after we got the right to bear arms. I wonder what people of color who use the second ammendment in their gun control arguements really feel when they think about this for a minute.
    Selling black people as commodities. Yes, you could trade your black man for a gun ! Ths would change SEVENTY-NINEYEARS after we got the right to bear arms. I wonder what people of color who use the second ammendment in their gun control arguements really feel when they think about this for a minute.

    Allowing ONLY WHITE MALES to vote. I wonder where the Congresswoman thinks this fits in the debate over gun control.

    Non payment of federal income tax (there was none for 128 years after we got the right to bear arms.

    Alcohol was legal to drink 142 years after we got the right to bear arms.

    Some of these just make me wonder how big a part the Second Ammendment should be playing in this debate.

    Lastly a thought for Ellen O, If you can’t protect yourself with 6 shots, you will succumb to your attacker. I have no problem with guns, but I insist the positions presented (on both sides) are based in the reality of the 21st century. I believe (hope) that if Adam Lanza’s mother grasped the reality that she had a mentally unstable 20 year old male in our house, she should have (would have) thought twice about having assualt weapons designed literally for warzones accessable in hour house.

  2. Ellen O says:

    Id rather be able to protect myself than get a tax credit. Government is just getting bigger and bigger.

  3. lck says:

    You have to wonder how many of the people who own these weapons even pay income tax, this might be a wasted effort.