In a U.S. Senate Finance Committee meeting in 1993, Hillary Clinton was asked if she would endorse a nationwide 25 percent sales tax on guns.
“I am all for that,” Clinton said in response to a question from then-Senator Bill Bradley (D-N.J.), “I just don’t know what else we’re going to do to try and figure out how to get some handle on this violence.”
The plan would have also slapped a $2,500 license fee on all gun dealers, whom Bradley called “purveyors of violence.”
As NewsBusters explained, a 25 percent tax on guns would be a massive burden for consumers.
The 25-percent tax on gun sales would be no trivial matter, it would have real effects on people and the economy. In 2013, more than 21 million guns were sold in the United States. A 25-percent tax would turn a $400 gun into a $500 gun and a $1,000 gun into a $1,250 gun for a consumer.
Clinton hasn’t changed her gun-hating tune very much in 23 years, either. During last night’s Democratic debate hosted by CNN, Clinton said she would want to punish gun sellers if the guns they sold were used in a crime.
“Most of the guns that end up committing crimes in New York come from out of state,” she said. “They come from the states that don’t have the kind of serious efforts to control guns we do in New York.”
(h/t Americans for Tax Reform)