Freak out! They’re coming for our guns! (Oh, wait…)

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(When guns are outlawed, only Lego people will have guns. Or, as a viewer suggests, “When you’re forced to let go of your guns, only Lego people will have guns.”) While we’re on the subject of fake-truth, here’s one from the wilds of the Tea Party Nation forums (membership req’d.):

OBAMA’S SECRET PLOT TO CONTROL GUNS Gun owners…. Look what’s on the 2010 tax return…. If you have a gun, I hope it isn’t registered! It begins… More Freedom gone…. The right to protect yourself and your family gone! Now ALL GUNS must be listed on your next (2010) tax return! Senate Bill SB-2099 will require us to put on our 2009 1040 federal tax form all guns that you have or own. It will require fingerprints and a tax of $50 per gun. This bill was introduced on February 24, 2009, by the Obama staff. BUT, this bill will only become public knowledge 30 days after the new law becomes effective! This is an amendment to the Internal Revenue Act of 1986. This means that the Finance Committee has passed this without the Senate voting on it at all. Trust Obama? You must be kidding!
This one’s become the stuff of urban legend, and Tea Party Nation forums. You can even find gun owners quoting the debunking to raise the specter of the bill again. For reals. For the record: Snopes notes that Sen. Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island) introduced the Handgun Safety and Registration Act on February 24, 2009. The bill never made it out of committee. “I am under no illusion that this legislation will be approved by this Congress or next Congress,” Snopes quotes the senator as saying. “But we must begin the process to create a law that Americans overwhelmingly believe is necessary.” You can see the official record of the ancient nonlaw here. FactCheck’s got more on the fake-truth. Or you can just take it from the other Internets.

Freak out! They're coming for our guns! (Oh, wait...)

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