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Feenstra Joins Colleagues in Introducing Legislation to Eliminate Tax on Firearm Transfers

Rep. Randy Feenstra (IA-04) joined Rep. Ashley Hinson (IA-01) in introducing the Repealing Illegal Freedom and Liberty Excises (RIFLE) Act as an original cosponsor. Under current law, there is a $200 tax on the transfer and purchase of firearms regulated under the National Firearms Act. This legislation would remove the existing $200 tax on firearms sold to law-abiding gun owners.

“The burdensome tax we are seeking to eliminate is nothing more than an obstacle that gets in the way of law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment right to purchase a firearm. This commonsense proposal will make firearm transfers more affordable and remove this blatant infringement on every Americans’ fundamental right to keep and bear arms. I will continue standing up against any attempts to infringe on the Second Amendment,” said Rep. Feenstra.

Background:

  • Under current law, there is a $200 tax on the transfer and purchase of firearms regulated under the National Firearms Act.
    • According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the $200 transfer tax was intended to “to curtail, if not prohibit, transactions” of firearms.
    • The federal government intentionally placed a financial barrier on the Second Amendment, discriminating against individuals based on their income level.
  • The RIFLE Act would remove the infringing tax on firearms governed under the National Firearms Act, including short-barreled rifles and silencers.
  • This legislation would also ensure that pistols with stabilizing braces would not be subject to the $200 transfer tax.
  • This legislation does not modify any current background check provisions; it solely removes the federally-mandated financial burden on law-abiding gun owners.
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