National Ammo Day Targets
A coordinated effort has been launched to place billions of bullets
in the hands of American gun owners to protest the politicians and
"gun grabbers," who according to the organizer of National
Ammo Day, want to disarm law abiding citizens by over-taxing
"There have been million-men marches and a million moron mommies,"
said Ammo Day organizer Kim du Toit. "It's time for
a billion rounds to show the gun-grabbers and the nanny-legislators
just how many Second Amendment supporters are out there."
Du Toit said he's calling on America's 75 million gun owners to
"buycott" their local gun shop, sporting goods or hardware
store on Nov. 19 by purchasing every round of ammunition on the
shelves. He figures if every gun owner or Second Amendment supporter
bought 100 rounds, there would be 7.5 billion rounds in the hands
of law-abiding citizens.
And, you don't need to be a gun owner to support National Ammo
Du Toit said non-gun owners could purchase ammunition and donate
it to their local police department or Boy Scout troop. However,
he suggested getting the police department's approval prior to dropping
off ammunition at the local precinct.
While skeptics may question the financial motives behind du Toit's
"buycott," he emphasized that he is in no way affiliated
with any of the ammunition or firearms manufacturers and that nobody
will receive any "kickbacks" at the end of the day.
Du Toit said he was motivated to organize National Ammo Day as
a result of Democratic legislators attempting to increase taxes
on ammunition. Over the past three years, he said Democrats in three
states have introduced bills attempting to do just that.
An ammunition tax bill (SCA 12) proposed earlier this year by California
state Senator Don Perata would have imposed a five-cent tax
on each round of ammunition sold in the state. The bill was pulled
from the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee agenda for lack of
Perata's spokesman, Simeon Gant, said the revenue generated
by the tax would have been used to fund hospital emergency departments
and trauma centers that treat injuries caused by bullets.
While Gant acknowledged that the overwhelming majority of law abiding
gun owners do not use their guns to commit criminal acts, he said
the state needs to find a viable means of helping hospitals recoup
their financial losses after treating uninsured gunshot victims.
"You know, part of our job is to find money," Gant said.
"We weren't focusing on criminals or non-criminals."
Six Democratic delegates to the Maryland state House sponsored
the Ammunition Tax (HB 1125) in 1999 to reduce the "enormous
strain on state and local public finances due to increased costs
of emergency medical services, public safety, and correctional services."
Before it was killed in committee, the bill proposed "establishing
the rate of the ammunition tax at 50 cents per round for ammunition
other than anti-personnel ammunition and $5 per round for anti-personnel
In a similar failed attempt to generate revenue, former Democratic
Illinois state Senator Arthur Berman sponsored the Ammunition
Tax Act (SB 0441) in 1999, which would have imposed a "100-percent
or a 200-percent tax, depending on the type of ammunition, on persons
engaged in the business of selling ammunition and on the privilege
of using ammunition in the state."
The bill stipulated that revenue generated by the tax would be
managed by the Department of State Police and distributed to local
police departments throughout Illinois.
According to du Toit, the ammunition tax flows out of the sin taxes
placed on alcohol and tobacco.
"A tax on ammunition would follow in this tradition where
the state acts on the basis of a consensus that a certain commodity
has negative external effects and affects the common welfare,"
Du Toit said ammunition taxes force gun owners to "pay a premium
for their hobby or for the privilege of presumed self-defense with