Thursday, March 21, 2013

CRS Report Released: Guns, Excise Taxes, and Wildlife Restoration

The Congressional Research Service (CRS), the public policy research arm of Congress, recently issued the report Guns, Excise Taxes, and Wildlife Restoration (Mar. 12, 2013). The 6-page report authored by M. Lynne Corn and Jayne G. Gravelle discusses the following:


[a]s a result of the recent debate over guns, gun rights, and gun-related violence, there has been a marked increase in sales of many weapons as well as ammunition. Through an excise tax on firearms and ammunition, such sales have a marked beneficial effect on funding for state wildlife programs through the Wildlife Restoration Program (also known as Pittman-Robertson or P-R). This report examines these taxes, their allocation, and their use. It also examines the effects of sequestration of this account, pursuant to the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA, P.L. 112-25).

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