Sunday, September 27, 2009

Debunking Senate Bill 2099

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Senate Bill 2009 is an Urban Legend!

I'm up to my third e-mail this year on the supposed Senate Bill 2099. Among the dozens of things that drive me straight up a wall, it's the recurring nature of this urban myth. All of a sudden, it has gone viral, again! As I have mentioned several times, that bill died nine years ago and is not anywhere on anyone's radar! We, the gun owning public, look like a bunch of fools every time this comes up and a bunch of emails get sent to Washington!

If you get anymore emails about S.2009 refer them here, we always try to have the up to date skinny!

Friday, May 29, 2009

In the last few weeks, NRA-ILA has received hundreds of e-mails warning us about “SB-2099,” a bill that would supposedly require you to report all your guns on your income tax return every April 15.

Like many rumors, there’s just a grain of truth to this one. Someone’s recycling an old alert, which wasn’t even very accurate when it was new.

There actually was a U.S. Senate bill with that number that would have taxed handguns—nine years ago. It was introduced by anti-gun Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), and it would have included handguns under the National Firearms Act’s tax and registration scheme. This has nothing to do with anyone’s Form 1040, of course.

Fortunately, S. 2099 disappeared without any action by the Senate, back when Bill Clinton was still in the White House. We reported about it back then, just as we report about new anti-gun bills every week. Now, it’s time for gun owners to drop this old distraction and focus on the real threats at hand.

It was introduced by Sen. Jack Reed of (RI),and cosponsored by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (NJ) and Charles Schumer (NY). It died in committee...

You can read the summary of the original bill at The Library of Congress: S.2099

More related posts:
Xavier Thoughts: On SB2099
The Shootist: SB2009 and the Blair Holt Bill
Debunking Senate Bill 2099

Please feel free to copy this post and reprint it on your own blog, the more folks that get this out, the more likely we can bury this hoax once and for all!

Albert A Rasch
Member: Hunting Sportsmen of the United States HSUS (Let 'em sue me.)
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Paladin said...

Yeah.. this stuff drives me nuts too. I've got a couple of friends who freak out and forward bogus stuff to everyone in their address book every time something shows up.

I've told them a million times that it just takes a second or two to look up forwarded email stuff on, to see if it's actually legit or not - but I guess it takes even less time to just forward the crap on to you and me.

Josh said...

May I refer folks to a great site -

This is the website to your Library of Congress, named, "in the spirit of Thomas Jefferson."

It is very easy to use, with a bill look-up right in the middle.