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Gun and ammunition taxes could go up under federal bill

CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

A 50% federal tax on ammunition and a 20 percent federal tax on guns — up from 11 percent on both now — has been proposed by two Democratic lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Revenue from the steep new taxes in "The Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act of 2013," introduced by U.S. Reps. Danny K. Davis, D-Ill., and Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., would be earmarked to pay for such things as school resource officers and programs to reduce violence.

The bill likely won't make it out of the Republican-controlled U.S. House -- but it has caught the attention of local firearms enthusiasts.

"We've heard of it, and a lot of people have been talking about it," said Vann Earhart, store manager of North Georgia Reloading and Accessories in Fort Oglethorpe.

Read more from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.


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