WASHINGTON, D.C. – A $1,000 per gun tax should serve as a “
role model” for states, according to the governor of the U.S. terri
tory of the Northern Mariana Islands, which imposed the $1,000 gun tax earl
ier this month. An idea first endorsed by Hillary Clinton in 1993, steep gu
n taxes have now taken hold in Cook County, Ill. the city of Seattle, and n
ow a U.S. territory.
As reported by the Saipan Tribune:
The administration of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres defended the CNMI’s new
gun control laws on Friday as a law that could be “a role model?
?? for other U.S. states and jurisdictions facing seemingly uncontrolle
d and continued gun violence.
The administration was responding to queries regarding its position on rece
nt reports that the a legal challenge to the new law, Public law 19-42, was
likely, particularly over a provision that assesses a $1,000 excise tax on
The threat of such a tax serving as a role model for other politicians to i
mpose is not an idle one. Consider the following:
Seattle Gun and Ammunition Tax: On Jan. 1, 2016, Seattle’s $25 per
gun tax took effect, as did a two cent to five cent tax per round of ammuni
tion. The new taxes have already forced at least one major gun dealer to le
ave the city.
Cook County, Ill. Gun and Ammunition Tax: On June 1, 2016, Cook County?
??s new ammunition tax takes effect, at a rate of one cent to five cent
s per round of ammunition. The ammo tax comes on top of the existing gun ta
x regime of $25 per gun.
Hillary Clinton’s 25% Gun Tax Endorsement: In passionate testimony
to the Senate Finance Committee in 1993, Hillary Clinton gave her strong pe
rsonal endorsement to a new national 25% sales tax on guns and endorsed a s
teep increase in the gun dealer fee, to $2,500. "I am speaking personally,
but I feel very strongly about that,” said Clinton at the conclusio
n of her endorsement.
“The Left is now seeking to tax guns out of existence,” sai
d Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “The Seco
nd Amendment makes it difficult to legally ban guns, but Hillary has led th
e way to explaining you can achieve the same thing with high taxes.”
In newly released footage from Americans for Tax Reform, Clinton is shown n
odding enthusiastically as she endorsed the 25% gun tax and as legal gun de
alers were described as “purveyors of violence.”