LPA Responds to H.R. 8051

The right to keep and bear arms is fundamental to our existence. There is no right greater than the one that says you can defend yourself and your family with whatever tools necessary. Gun confiscation by the British Redcoats was a primary issue that fueled the Revolutionary War and the founding of this country.

There is currently a bill in the US Congress that would greatly inhibit the ability to purchase a plethora of self defense tools, including but not limited to the most popular modern sporting rifle. H.R. 8051, titled the Assault Weapons Excise Act, aims to put a 1000% tax on the manufacture and sale of many semi-automatic rifles and virtually every standard capacity magazine on the market. This bill, if passed, would tax all detachable magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds. It would raise the price of an entry level AR-15 and a few spare mags from $550 to $6,050. Add the average Alabama sales tax of 10% to that and you’d have to pay $6,655 for what should cost $605.

This bill does nothing to curb gun violence. It does nothing for mental health, or to alleviate the societal troubles that lead to many of the worst gun crimes committed in the U.S. It serves only to make it so that only the wealthy have access to the tools necessary to defend themselves and their families. This bill preys on the poor and marginalized, just like every other gun law that has been passed since this country’s founding.

H.R. 8051 is currently in the House Ways and Means Committee, of which AL Congresswoman Terri Sewell is a member. We hope this bill does not make it out of committee. But if it does it will be up to you the people to let your congressperson know that you will not stand for this or any other usurpation of your right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. You deserve representation, not rulers. Call or write your congressperson today and demand they represent you.

AL Congress:
District 1, Carl Jerry, 202-225-4931, carl.house.gov
District 2, Barry Moore, 202-225-2901, barrymoore.house.gov
District 3, Mike Rogers, 202-225-3261, mikerogers.house.gov
District 4, Robert Aderholt, 202-225-4876, aderholt.house.gov
District 5, Mo Brooks, 202-225-4801, brooks.house.gov
District 6, Gary Palmer, 202-225-4921, palmer.house.gov
District 7, Terri Sewell, 202-225-2665, sewell.house.gov
Find your rep here: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative

In Liberty,

Libertarian Party of Alabama

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