Don’t Ban Assault Weapons—Tax Them

Saul Cornell
Don’t Ban Assault Weapons—Tax Them

The nation is debating what to do about assault-style weapons, what gun-rights advocates like to call modern sporting rifles. Gun-rights champions argue that these weapons are in common use, and hence protected by the Second Amendment. Taxation offers one of the most promising and underutilized tools to change the calculus of gun violence in America.