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Dave Kopel: Northern Marianas Tax $1,000 Per Gun, Promote It as Model for U.S. States

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The Northern Marianas are a U.S. commonwealth in the Pacific. Its governor Ralph Torres says that he wants his new gun law to provide a model for other states and territories for gun control. It creates gun-free zones and assesses a $1,000 excise tax on handguns. The Independence Institute’s Dave Kopel says that based upon existing case law, it is unlikely to stand. It falls into the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, however, which has not had a good record on respecting Second Amendment rights. Fees charged in such cases are meant to cover the costs of administration, not become a profit center. Originally aired on Cam & Co 04/19/16.