Rosa’s Plan: Swap Assault Rifles For Tax Credits

As Connecticut’s state legislature began working on gun-control proposals and Vice President Joe Biden readied a push in Congress (with the Senate’s majority leader already waving the red flag), New Haven U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro weighed in with her own bill in response to last month’s Newtown school massacre.

DeLauro calls her proposal the Support Assault Firearm Elimination and Reduction, or “SAFER Streets” Act.

She unveiled it Monday.

She described it this way in a release: The SAFER Streets Act creates a $2,000 refundable tax credit ($1,000 for two consecutive years) for an assault weapon owner who turns in their firearm to the state police.”

She said she got the idea from “a Connecticut veteran who owns an AR-15 and wanted to help urge other assault weapon owners to do their part to help prevent future tragedies.”

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posted by: robn on January 15, 2013  10:33am

That’s twice the brand new price of a BushMaster rifle.

So the Congresswoman wants to use taxpayer dollars to create a secondary market paying double for rifles? Wouldn’t that encourage more production and purchase? Aren’t gun buyback plans successful even when they give away a pittance of $100 BestBuy gift cards? Has Rosa’s office ever heard of the internet with which they might explore these cost questions?

posted by: Christopher Schaefer on January 15, 2013  10:47am

This will neither stop nor even delay another Sandy Hook from happening –and it’s not meant to. Rather, it’s meant to take our eyes off the ball and redirect all emotion to a red herring so that the REAL fight—a fight to rein in spending, cut taxes, reduce our debt, and stabilize our economy—is not even talked about.  This knee-jerk reaction also is meant to give voters the impression that DeLauro is “working hard” for her constituents. Really? At least it keeps DeLauro’s full-time staff of acronym-writers busy: SAFER. How very clever.

posted by: Witchburner on January 15, 2013  10:49am

“Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not.”

posted by: Yaakov on January 15, 2013  11:00am

I’m curious. How will this stop gang bangers in New Haven, Bridgeport, and Hartford from shooting each other (and innocent victims)?

How many people in CT were shot by legally owned assault rifles in the last ten years? How many were shot by illegally possessed handguns?

How about we stop with this security theater and come up with REAL solutions to keep illegal handguns off of the streets?

How about increased background checks, gun licenses required for all firearms purchases, gun licenses required for all ammo purchases, increased prosecution for illegal weapons crimes, and going after the 8% of firearms dealers who are responsible for selling the majority of guns used in violent crimes in this country?

posted by: HhE on January 15, 2013  9:17pm

I don’t know anything the promotes gun sales like gun control.