Brady Law Gun Tax Would Have Been
Profitable to Bureau
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 15, 1998
Contact: Felicity Bower
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By agreeing to take $42 million in taxpayer cash last year, to run the
new "NICS" national instant background check for gun buyers,
the FBI gave up more than three times that much from its proposed gun sales
tax, early figures show. Based on the first week's sales, which were low
due to technical snafus in the untried system, the bureau stood to collect
$129 million if it had succeeded in levying its tax. Taxpayers will fork
up $87 million less than the FBI originally sought.
"Leaders at the FBI must be aware of this, the math is straightforward,"
said Alan Korwin, author of seven books on gun law, including a plain English
federal guide, Gun Laws of America. "It will be a big incentive for
them to try to levy the tax later this year, when the budget issue comes
up again." Secretive eleventh-hour changes to last year's 4,000-page
budget bill, which housed the funding, marked the beginning of the NICS
Although the FBI called it a fee, people and groups nationwide assailed
it as a sales tax, levied without Congress, with no apparent basis in law.
The FBI planned to give the money to themselves, but were stopped at the
last minute by the Smith amendment to the omnibus bill. The bureau sought
$14 per buyer, early results show they will get about $6.
The efforts to use the NICS system to record every innocent gun buyer
in the country, in apparent violation of the McClure Volkmer Act and the
Brady law, is being challenged in court. It appears that NICS will record
9.2 million gun buyers in its first year of operation. The crime-fighting
value of an expensive FBI list of honest people remains unclear.
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