Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden has made a name for himself as the most rabidly anti-gun presidential candidate in U.S. history.
Under his platform, Biden would have every AR-15 rifle registered under the National Firearms Act of 1934, according to a report by AWR Hawkins of Breitbart News. As a result of this potential change in policy, American gun owns would be subject to a $200 federal tax for every AR-15 they own.
According to Andrew Arulanandam, the the Managing Director of Public Affiars for the NRA, there are 18 million AR-15s in the United States. When we run the numbers, a $200 tax on all of AR-15s in the country would have the government collecting $3.6 billion in taxes.
On top of that, these numbers don’t take into consideration the broad “assault weapons” category that Biden is pushing for. These same “assault weapons” would also be subject to the National Firearms Act. Along with the $200 tax, gun owners who possess so-called “assault weapons,” would also be compelled to register these firearms with federal authorities, provide their finger prints and photograph, and undergo an FBI background check.
Biden’s campaign website breaks down some of his anti-Second Amendment stances:
Regulate possession of existing assault weapons under the National Firearms Act. Currently, the National Firearms Act requires individuals possessing machine-guns, silencers, and short-barreled rifles to undergo a background check and register those weapons with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Due to these requirements, such weapons are rarely used in crimes. As president, Biden will pursue legislation to regulate possession of existing assault weapons under the National Firearms Act.
The aforementioned paragraph on Biden’s website features a memorandum from former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ Giffords Law Center. In this memo, the Giffords Law Center demands that “assault weapons” be regulated in accordance to the National Firearms Act (NFA).
The Giffords’ outlines the following:
The NFA, enacted in 1934, was the first federal regulation of the manufacture and transfer of firearms. Machine guns, short-barreled rifles, and silencers are currently regulated under the NFA. In order to possess NFA firearms, individuals must undergo a background check process that includes the submission of photo identification and fingerprints and requires the registration of the firearm with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Individuals must also pay a $200 transfer tax, an amount that has not changed since the NFA was established in 1934.
The Giffords’ memo is on the same page as the Biden campaign regarding “assault weapons” regulation: “Giffords proposes that Congress require all existing assault weapons to be regulated under the National Firearms Act.”
The Giffords’ memo defines “assault weapons” as the following weapons:
Assault weapons are a class of semiautomatic firearms that are designed to kill people quickly and efficiently. The most common variety, the AR-15, is the civilian version of the M16, a combat rifle that made its debut on the battlefield in Vietnam.
Hawkins concluded with following observation regarding Biden’s gun control plan:
As noted, if lawfully enacted, this policy could encompass “all existing assault weapons.” In practice, this could mean every American who owns a weapon like an AR-15 — or any other gun deemed by Democrats to be an “assault weapon” — could be required to submit their fingerprints and photograph, undergo an FBI background check, register these weapons with the ATF, and pay the federal government a $200 tax for each weapon.
The Biden campaign’s gun control platform is the logical endgame of the federal gun control regime that was initiated during the Great Depression. A Biden victory would be a Trojan Horse for the radical gun control movement and potentially up the floodgates for numerous gun grabs.
As lackluster as Trump may have been on the Second Amendment, he is clearly the better option compared to his fival.