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H.R. 3101: RIFLE Act

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About the bill

When a firearm covered by the National Firearms Act is legally transferred from one person or entity to another in the U.S., a tax of $200 is imposed. Covered firearms include short-barreled rifles, shotguns, machine guns, silencers and “destructive devices”.

Since it was first introduced in 1934 during the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration, that tax rate has never been changed. Adjusted for inflation, that 1934 level would be equivalent to about $4,055 in 2021. While the tax was designed to be “prohibitive” in 1934, today it’s mostly a minor roadblock en route to a firearm transfer.

What the bill does

The RIFLE (Repealing Illegal Freedom and Liberty Excises) Act would eliminate the $200 transfer tax on firearms entirely.

The bill was introduced in the House on May 11 as H.R. …

Sponsor and status

Ashley Hinson

Sponsor. Representative for Iowa's 1st congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: May 11, 2021
Length: 3 pages
May 11, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on May 11, 2021

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73 Cosponsors (73 Republicans)

4% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


May 11, 2021

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H.R. 3101 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 3101. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

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