Local Congressman’s Bill Would Provide Incentive For Securing Firearms

U.S. Reps. John Carter, R-Round Rock and Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, have filed legislation that would provide an incentive for gun owners to secure firearms.

U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock (File)

WASHINGTON (May 14, 2013)--U.S. Reps. John Carter, R-Round Rock and Henry Cuellar, D-San Laredo, have filed a bill that would create a tax deduction of as much as $1,200 for the purchase of a gun safe or other devices to secure firearms and would prohibit the Internal Revenue Service from using the deduction claims to produce any form of gun owner registration.

The deduction would be paid for through “appropriate corresponding budget cuts,” Carter said.

“The most common factor in the mass shootings over the past years is that people who should not have had access to firearms managed to acquire them anyway,” Carter said.

“We don’t attempt to address all the reasons for that in this bill, but specifically target better security of firearms by law-abiding citizens through incentives, not mandates,” he said.

The Secure Firearms Act has the support of the National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of American, and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Carter said.

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