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let them practice how, where, or what they may.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

We Paid How Much in Taxes?

From the National Shooting Sports Foundation:

Firearm and Ammunition Excise Taxes Jump 43%

Firearm and ammunition manufacturers paid $109.8 million in excise taxes in the first quarter of 2009, up 43 percent over the same period last year. Released by the U.S. Department of Treasury, excise tax figures are one of the industry's best indicators of performance. Manufacturers pay the tax -- a major source of wildlife conservation funding -- on all firearms and ammunition sold (11 percent on long guns and ammunition and 10 percent on handguns).

Between Jan. 1 and March 31, $33 million was collected for pistols and revolvers, $38.9 million for long guns and $37.8 million for ammunition. Compared to the same quarter in 2008, collections were up 65.5 percent for handguns, 42.9 percent for ammunition and 28.3 percent for long guns. Using the latest collections as an indicator of sales, a projection of $1.03 billion was generated in the first quarter. These statistics do not reflect retail markup or final retail sales and are based solely on U.S. civilian sales.

Now someone tell me... how much money did the HSUS put into wildlife conservation this year...



SimplyOutdoors said...

I'm sure it wasn't even close to that number, if HSUS put any money towards conservation at all.

LSP said...

Good point - that's a great sum of money...


Paladin said...

That's a LOT of money...

The Radical Humaniacs would rather spend their (someone elses) money greasing palms in Washington trying to buy favors.

LSP said...

The wretchedly deadending Radical Humaniac Secularists shouldn't be trusted with anyone's money - certainly not for conservation. Why? Because they hate the countryside and its people.