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Gun/ammo taxes and wildlife conservation

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by tntwatt, Sep 22, 2008.

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  1. tntwatt

    tntwatt Member

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    The civilian firearm industry has a major impact on conservation and tax revenue.
    Per the Pittman-Robertson federal excise tax collection report:
    $76,800,00 generated for conservation through excise tax collection from 01/2008-03/2008.

    This is from wholesale receipts only and does not include military or police sales, only civilian. This suggests a $716,400,000 in wholesale sales in 3 months.
    It also does not include retail mark up or state and local sales taxes. With sales taxes varying from 0%-8% the tax revenue could be as high as $57,312,000 IN 3 MONTHS USING WHOLESALE FIGURES ALONE!

    To put this all into context, $2,865,600,000 in gun and ammo sales annually. Taxes of $304,000,000 generated annually for conservation of wildlife on a federal level. Finally, taxes over $200,000,000 generated annually that goes into states and local budgets.

    The simple fact is, if they outlaw our guns, it will have severe economic repercussions on our wildlife programs, and anything else that depends on government taxes to survive. The money lost in taxes and revenue will have to be made up somewhere. Think about this when you vote in November.
     
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    no comments?
     
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    Think general budget fund, it more than likely paid someones medicare, medicaid, social security or bloated government workers check rather than went toward conservation.

    Now that's something to think about at the polls.
     
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    In most states this money just goes into the general fund as feedthehogs stated. You also should take into account that probably half of the funds were generated by people who are more likely shooters than hunters. State wildlife agencies are doing little to nothing to encourage the upkeep/construction of shooting ranges(with a few exceptions) so they are essentially getting money for doing nothing. It would seem that they would encourage /create more ranges to increase revenues, but that would make too much sense and we are talking about a govt and not a business.
     
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    In TN our money goes into a special fund for the outdoors. We at least do it right.

    As an aside, I have never hunted. I know I have helped and not used.
     
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