They say politics makes strange bed fellows. Hot off the NRA press.
Friday, August 27, 2010 Last week, the NRA-backed “Firearms Excise Tax Improvement Act of 2010” (H.R. 5552) was signed into law.
H.R. 5552 — originally introduced in January 2009 as H.R. 510 by Congressmen Ron Kind (D-WI) and Paul Ryan (R-WI) — passed the U.S. House in late June by an unprecedented margin of 412-6. Reps. John Conyers (D-MI), Sam Farr (D-CA), Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), Ron Paul (R-TX) and Maxine Waters (D-CA) were the only Members of Congress to vote against the common-sense measure.
The Senate version of the bill — S. 632 — was co-sponsored by Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Mike Crapo (R-ID).
By unanimous consent, the Senate passed H.R. 5552 on August 5th. It was signed into law on August 16th, and became Public Law 111-237.
The legislation will allow firearm and ammunition manufacturers to pay federal excise tax on a quarterly basis, just as other industries do. In the past, firearm and ammunition manufacturers were unfairly mandated to pay their federal excise taxes biweekly while all other manufacturers paid their taxes quarterly. Obviously, this requirement created an undue burden on the industry. In addition to being equitable, the change to a quarterly excise tax payment schedule will allow firearm and ammunition manufacturers to reinvest funds into researching and developing new products, purchasing new manufacturing machinery and creating jobs without establishing a new tax, adding to the burgeoning federal deficit, or using any bailout money.
The Joint Committee on Taxation has estimated that this legislation will create a net revenue increase of $4 million over 10 years. Accordingly, the measure will increase funding for wildlife conservation through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Trust Fund. The Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Trust Fund, established by enactment of federal legislation in 1937, authorizes the development of wildlife restoration projects across the country. This legislation will neither raise taxes nor exempt firearm and ammunition manufacturers from paying federal excise taxes into the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Trust Fund.
President Obama signs this into law, Every Senator signed on to it, Only 6 reps voted against it, John Conyers (D-MI), Sam Farr (D-CA), Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), Ron Paul (R-TX) and Maxine Waters (D-CA). Really strange that Ron Paul would vote against this. Rep. Paul is has claimed he is against oppressive taxes. The fact that the excise taxes had to be reported and paid Bi weekly, made these particular taxes oppressive and punitive. In fact reducing the reporting time to quarterly saves the government $4M over the bi weekly reporting. What is with Ron Paul? Is he supporting punitive taxation policies or has he turned anti gun? Maybe he is just losing it and doesn’t really know what he is voting on. John Cotton notes:
I understand that principles are vital to the American way of life and I also realize that those principles have been observed primarily in the breach for a very long time. However, this latest vote by Congressman Paul shows the danger of having a Congressman driven purely on principle while ignoring present day suffering. One need not abandon the former to address the latter. In this case, that suffering involves “only” paperwork and money, but often the stakes are much higher. Recall that Congressman Paul also voted against the Lawful Commerce in Arms Act that shields firearms manufacturers and firearms dealers from frivolous, politically-motivated lawsuits. So the only two recent bills aiding the firearms industry were opposed by Congressman Paul; a man hailed by many as a “true pro-gun Congressman.”
I don’t want my Representative to have his head stuck in the clouds; I want his butt down in the trenches fighting with the rest of us.
You got some `splaining to do Ron.
It is obvious why Ron Paul voted against this bill. A right should not be taxed. Voting for this bill just reinforces the idea that our second amendment “right” should be taxed. I’m sure if there was a bill to eliminate excise taxes on firearms, Ron Paul would be one of the first to vote for it.
The Bill was not about increasing the tax but about making it less burdensome for both the Gun manufacturers. This isn’t the first gun bill Ron Paul has voted against.
Did you read the bill? Read the bill and see if you would vote for it. Too many hidden ad ons in these bills.
There is nothing that is not taxed, including rights. You need a permit to peacably assemble for example.
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FYI, Ron Paul voted against it because there are liberty stealing terms in it. It doesn’t allow a company to challenge an amount of taxes the govt says it owes, so for example the govt could just say “Remington owes $2 billion in taxes” and the company cannot challenge it but has to pay up immediately. This Bill has NOTHING to do with Gun Rights, but over extends the govts power on Taxes. That’s why Ron Paul was against it 🙂
Yes, I read the bill, and there was nothing attached to this one. This was a tax simplification bill, that made it easier for Gun manufactures to comply with an excise tax and reporting. Ron Paul himself hasn’t resorted to this type misinformation. Ron Paul claims to be libertarian and a supporter of the constitution as it was written, but he has been lukewarm in his support of the second amendment and the RKBA.
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Congressman Paul Paul purports to be a “constitutionalist” but was not among the 245 cosponsors or 272 votes for H.R. 822 (National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act) on November 16. He also was one of two U.S. Representatives who signed the pro-gun congressional amicus brief in the Heller case but did not do so in the McDonald case. Finally, Dr. Paul was one of three Republican congressmen — joining anti-gun colleagues Mike Castle and Chris Shays — to vote twice against the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act which shut down frivolous lawsuits against the firearms industry that attempt to bankrupt them by holding them civilly liable for the criminal misuse of their products by others.
Ron Paul has never been a strong supporter of the constitution and the right to keep and bear arms. His claim to libertarianism is a sham and a joke.
So I guess if someone were to be opposed to legislation which would change a required bi-weekly flogging of slaves to a required quarterly flogging, you would say they were pro-slavery?
He voted against a bill that reduced the bureaucracy and burden of taxes to American industry that is supportive of our rights to bear arms. Ron Paul hasn’t been able to give a logical explanation on why voting against this bill was a good idea.
I think you are trying to claim, “The excise tax itself is wrong, so voting to make it less burdensome is wrong.” This of course is an idiotic argument which is the reason Ron Paul himself has not explained his reasoning, and has left it to his drones to attempt to explain.
Libertarians , and 2nd amendment supporters are starting to wise up to his peculiar brand of hypocrisy
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