I have a question the answer to which could stop, or prevent massive taxes that
are being considered as a means to make keeping and bearing arms so expensive
that most will not be able to afford to do so.
The following paragraph from the Congressional Record is being cited as Constitutional
justification for levying this tax on American arms owners as well as those that make
their living selling and trading arms, and those that collect arms. Included for taxation
are also ammunition, magazines, spare parts and the likes.
The following legislation, H.R. 3018, proposes just this. I do no agree that the justification
given does what it portends to do. I think that Mr. Danny K. Davis of Illinois knows what
he is talking about.
Identifying citizens at large that purchase, own, keep, use particular pieces of hardware as
targets for assessment of exorbitant taxes solely based on the fact that they have
been involved with the selected hardware and currently possess and/or use it as
they have the right to do as owners thereof, is not constitutional and does not meet the
test that “all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States.”
The identification of those that purchase, own, keep, and use guns as targets for very high
taxes whose rates will act to prevent (infringe upon) large numbers of American citizens
from enjoying their Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms.
No act or law can be passed that is construed to be limiting the rights of citizens as
provided for in the Constitution, or, do the people have to comply with such a law if
passage is effected. We cannot be forced to surrender our freedoms and rights by any
act of government, a non-entity empowered through the consent of the governed due
to their being so many spread over such a large area that personal involvement in
management of their country is not possible.
Congress is to be the voices of the People and should have no voices of their own
except as a citizen included within their own constituency. Government does not rule,
the people do and its high time that Congress gets a wake up call.
[Congressional Record Volume 159, Number 114 (Friday, August 2, 2013)] [House] [Page H5401] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov] By Mr. DANNY K. DAVIS of Illinois: H.R. 3018. Congress has the power to enact this legislation pursuant to the following: Article I, Section 8, Clause 1--The Congress shall have Power to lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States.
I hope I have hit on something that will prevent passage of this bill. I am sure Obama will
pull this bill out of his pocket when he thinks he can get it passed.
Thank you for your consideration and good work.
God Bless America,
Joseph D. Hollinger