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Congresswoman proposes GOP tax reform amendment that would refocus attention on gun control

Democratic Congresswoman Robin Kelly has submitted an amendment to the Republican tax reform bill that would increase taxes on bullets for semi-automatic weapons, in a curveball attempt to re-focus national attention on gun control efforts by using the GOP’s own bill against them.

The amendment calls for taxes on shells and cartridges for semi-automatic weapons to be increased “By such a number of percentage points as is necessary to fully offset any deficits which result by reason of the preceding provisions of this Act.” In short, the amendment would offset the $1.5 trillion deficit threshold included in the GOP tax bill, a spokesperson from Kelly’s office said. The amendment would exclude “Sales to law enforcement and the military”, they added.

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