Senate passes Internet sales tax bill

As if the American people aren’t taxed enough, the Senate has approved a proposal that would require online retailers to collect sales taxes if they claim revenues in excess of $1 million in states outside of their physical “brick-n-mortar” locations.  Meaning, you’ll start paying taxes for virtually all of your purchases through large online retailers like Amazon.com, Overstock.com and others.

The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 69 – 27, meaning several Republicans voted to further tax their own constituents contrary to their generally small government and fiscally responsible rhetoric.  The “Marketplace Fairness Act”, as politicians have cleverly named it, is designed to level the playing field – they claim – for smaller retailers without major online stores.  We all know what happens when government attempts to “level the playing field”, don’t we?  It ends up costing the rest of us more money, and the government ultimately winds up as the entity benefiting.

If enacted, the government will collect an estimated $12 billion in additional revenue.

Gun companies refuse sales, apply same civilian limits to police

0202123In an effort to protest the continued destruction of basic second amendment rights, several gun companies are now restricting sales, or refusing to sell, to police and law enforcement in the same way the state restricts sales to law-abiding citizens.

This means if the state limits magazine capacity to 10 rounds or less, gun companies will apply that same restriction to law enforcement in the state.

Several companies, like Olympic Firearms and LaRue Tactical, have implemented policies that no longer provide exceptions to law enforcement, and many are encouraging other companies to follow suit.  LaRue Tactical will only sell firearms to police and law enforcement that comply with state restrictions imposed on civilians.

Olympic takes it one step further.  “Legislation recently passed in the State of New York outlaws the AR15 and many other firearms, and will make it illegal for the good and free citizens of New York to own a large selection of legal and safe firearms and magazines,” wrote Brian Schuetz, the president of Olympic Firearms, who is refusing to sell any firearm to New York state personnel after the passage of its recent gun control law.  “Due the passing of this legislation, Olympic Arms would like to announce that the State of New York, any Law Enforcement Departments, Law Enforcement Officers, First Responders within the State of New York, or any New York State government entity or employee of such an entity – will no longer be served as customers.”

Another seller, York Arms, is refusing to sell any firearm to any New York state government department due to the state’s new restrictions.

Both Cheaper Than Dirt and Spike’s Tactical will limit sales to police and law enforcement in states that limit civilian purchase and use.

Barrett Firearms refuses to sell firearms to California state law enforcement due to the state’s restrictive gun control statutes, arguing the state is in violation of the 2nd and 14th amendments to the United States constitution.  The president of Templar Customs issued a strong statement against restrictive gun controls on their Facebook page and announced they will no longer sell firearms to government personnel in the state of New York.  EFI, LLC now restricts the sales of firearms to government personnel to match state restrictions to citizens.

These policies come after some states have taken the opportunity after the Sandy Hook school shooting to remove the ability of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves from these very same killers.  States like New York, California and Colorado have implemented the strongest controls on guns in recent weeks.  Colorado just passed a set of 4 laws that significantly restrict gun purchasing, transfers and magazine capacities.