Dems Introduce Bill Aimed at Guns — And They Don’t Need Any Republicans to Pass It
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Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced legislation that would add a 1,000% tax on AR-15-style rifles — and they wouldn’t need any Republican support to pass it.
Rep. Donald Beyer (D-VA) and 36 other House Democrats introduced the “Assault Weapons Excise Act.”
“Congress must take action to stem the flood of weapons of war into American communities, which have taken a terrible toll in Uvalde, Buffalo, Tulsa, and too many other places,” Beyer said.
“I have voted in the past for commonsense gun safety reforms only to see them run aground on Senate Republicans’ filibuster; my bill presents a pathway to bypass that obstruction and enact lifesaving measures.”
According to Insider, the tax would apply to military-style “assault weapons” and high-capacity magazines that can carry 10 rounds or more.
Democrats intend to pass the measure through budget reconciliation, allowing lawmakers to maneuver around GOP opposition and approve legislation with a simple majority vote, the outlet noted.
“I think it passes the tests on the various requirements to qualify for reconciliation,” said William G. Hoagland, senior vice president at the Bipartisan Policy Center.