Washington, D.C. – Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson joined as an original cosponsor today to the Repealing Illegal Freedom and Liberty Excises (RIFLE) Act.

Under the National Firearms Act, there is a $200 tax on the transfer and purchase of firearms. This legislation would remedy the federal government’s intentionally placed financial barrier on the Second Amendment, which discriminates based on income. 

“This tax on law-abiding gun owners is unreasonable and unnecessary, and fixing this is long overdue,” said Simpson. “This legislation is a step forward in ensuring Idahoans’ Second Amendment rights are protected. The right to bear arms is indeed an individual right, not just a right of the privileged few who can afford personal security and bodyguards.”

This legislation would also ensure that pistols with stabilizing braces would not be subject to the $200 transfer tax. This legislation does not modify any current background check provisions, it solely removes the federally mandated financial burden on law-abiding gun owners. 

“The federal government should not be placing financial barriers on the inalienable rights of Americans. This unconstitutional tax on certain firearm purchases is a direct violation of the Second Amendment and must be repealed. As the Biden Administration and Democrats push proposals that unfairly target law-abiding gun owners, I will continue to stand up for Iowans' right to keep and bear arms,” said Congresswoman Ashley Hinson.

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