What happens when big taxing liberalism and gun hating statism come together? Thanks to one state lawmaker in Missouri the answer is now revealed. You get a “special sales tax” levied against gun owners in order to pay for something that doesn’t directly benefit them at all.
As a libertarian I’m all about “use taxes.” The notion that if you use something then it is ok to be taxed for it. Case in point, in Pennsylvania in order to use the state game land target ranges you have to pay $30 for the year and you can shoot all you want. No new taxes doled out to the masses to pay for something that not everyone uses. An added benefit to this is that it is harder to raise fees “under the radar” that people pay directly. Taxes on the other hand are raised all the time and people hardly notice which taxes are raised and by how much.
I mean, Pennsylvanians still pay a Johnstown Flood Relief Tax. It is an 18% tax that you never see on a receipt for wine or liquor but it is still collected. For those of you unaware, the Johnstown flood occurred in 1936!!
So it is disturbing to see that State Rep. Brandon Ellington wants handgun and ammo sales in Missouri to be taxed further in order to help fund body cameras for police. Ellington would have us believe that the state doesn’t have enough money to purchase these video cameras all ready. They do, they just don’t WANT to move money around in order to purchase them (heaven forbid anyone takes a pay cut) but this is also the modus operandi of gun hating zealots. Never let a tragedy go to waste.