Thursday, October 29, 2015

New York introduces taxation for guns?

An attempt to prevent gun crimes has risen in the US. Nydia Velazquez, a congresswoman from New York, plans to introduce a bill titled “Reducing Gun Violence in our Neighborhoods Act” at the New York City Hall. It will demand the seller of guns to pay 100 USD tax.

The Daily Caller: New Bill Would Force Americans To Pay $100 Tax On Every Gun

This bill also requests gun owners to report any stolen weapons immediately.

It is not for the first time to introduce taxation for firearms in the US. Cook County, Illinois has also accepted a similar scheme. Unfortunately, the effect of burdening gun sellers on suppress gun violence has not been proven.

Forbes: Bill Introduced In Congress To Tax Gun Sales, Require Stolen Guns To Be Reported

In Seattle City Council, the gun has been taxed since early this year. The income from taxation is used to gun violence research and prevention programs. Gun-rights associations, such as National Rifle Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation, and the Second Amendment Foundation, have sued the city, claiming the illegality of this legislation.

I think gun crimes has continuously been a shame of the US. Very recently, a terrible shooting case occurred in a college.

My past entry: Oregon shooting: gun control, mental illness, and anonymity

Some people insist that equipping a gun can protect yourself from being victimized. I hardly believe this statement. Far more many guns are used for an evil purpose than those to save your life.

My past entry: Gun debate continue in college

The US is stacked in the Nash equilibrium regarding the use of guns, in my opinion. Regulating guns will benefit outlaws because they dare not obey the order. Taxation is a better option. Thus, the police will be able to expropriate unauthorized arms for suspicious tax evasion. Circulation of guns in the region will be more clarified.

My past entry: Gun control and Nash equilibrium

However, raising the cost of possessing a gun may be weak for preventing gun violence. There is no panacea to this issue, I am afraid.


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