||September 16, 2000
Dear friend of liberty,
Senator Jack Reed (RI) introduced S. 2099 in the U.S. Senate
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
registration of all handguns, both newly-purchased and
handguns, with the federal government. Current owners
required to register their handguns by submitting an
a photograph and fingerprints and pay a tax within one year
enactment of S. 2099. The information submitted by
owners of handguns
would be kept in a central-government database known as the
Firearms Registration and Transfer Record maintained by the
Secretary of the Treasury.
Any law-abiding citizen who owns a handgun and does not want
tracked by this government database had better carefully
"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
This on the manufacturer, as do all such taxes on the
of goods, will be passed on to the consumer as an increase
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,
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 we are aware of S. 2099 and that we
Go to http://www.thelibertycommittee.org and click on S.
2099 in the
Self Defense section, then click on Take Action Here! to
opinion about S. 2099 to your two U.S. senators.
The Liberty Committee