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S. 2099 - National Handgun Registration


Senator Jack Reed (RI) introduced S. 2099 in the U.S. Senate on February 24, 2000.  Senators Charles Schumer (NY) and Frank Lautenberg (NJ) are cosponsors of the bill. 

S. 2099 would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require the registration of all handguns, both newly-purchased and currently-owned handguns, with the federal government.  Current owners would be required to register their handguns by submitting an application with a photograph and fingerprints and pay a tax within one year after the enactment of S. 2099.  The information submitted by owners of handguns would be kept in a central-government database known as the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record maintained by the Secretary of the Treasury.

Any law-abiding citizen who owns a handgun and does not want to be tracked by this government database had better carefully read the "Transfer Rule" section of this bill, which states he or she "shall register such handgun"..."upon the transfer of such handgun before such 1 year anniversary date."  In other words, you will be required to register handguns you no longer own.   

Gun makers would be assessed a $50.00 tax per gun manufactured.  This tax on the manufacturer, as do all such taxes on the production of goods, will be passed on to the consumer as an increase in the purchase price.

S. 2099 is currently in the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance.  We need to make sure that S. 2099 doesn’t make it out of committee. 

Even though S. 2099 has only two cosponsors, it is, nonetheless, a pending bill.  As I wrote in my last update, anything is possible during the last weeks of a congressional session.  Therefore, we need to tell our U.S. senators that we are aware of S. 2099 and that we strongly oppose it. 

Text of S. 2099

"Senator Proposes National Handgun Registration" by Newsmax. com



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