Democrats are pushing a bill to trade tax credits for firearms.
A new law to encourage gun owners to turn in their weapons to local police departments by rewarding them with tax credits is moving through the halls of Congress.
The Support Assault Firearm Elimination and Education of our (SAFER) Streets Act is due for reintroduction in Congress by Connecticut Democratic Rep. Rosa DeLauro, The Hill reported.
“Assault weapons are not about hunting, or even self-defense,” she said. “There is no reason on earth, other than to kill as many people as possible in as short a time as possible, that anyone needs a gun designed for a battlefield.”
DeLauro wants to completely ban any weapons labeled “assault,” as well as high-capacity ammunition, The Hill reported. At the same time, she emphasized her piece of legislation doesn’t force owners to turn in their weapons.
What it does do, she said, is give owners up to $2,000 in tax credits if they hand over their assault weapons to local police.
DeLauro first introduced the bill in January 2013, in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. Several Democrats have signed on as co-sponsors.
Tax credits-for-guns bill rolls through Congress
Tue, 07 Apr 2015 11:27:23 GMT