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Bill in Congress Could Suspend Your Passport, Gun Rights, if Enacted

Bill in Congress Could Suspend Your Passport, Gun Rights, if Enacted

Bill in Congress Could Suspend Your Passport, Gun Rights, if Enacted

There is a new bill in Congress that is expected to pass that would allow the government to suspend your travel outside the country if you own taxes to the IRS.

Senate Bill 1813 (Highway trust fund), which was passed by the Senate last week and is now pending in the House of Representatives contains a provision that would allow the IRS to order the State Department to refuse to grant, refuse to renew, revoke or restrict the passport of any US citizen which the IRS certifies owes the IRS $50,000 or more in unpaid taxes. There is no requirement that the tax payer be guilty of or even charged with tax evasion, fraud, or any criminal offense – only that the citizen is alleged to owe the IRS back taxes of $50,000 or more.

Continue reading at Daily Economist

Bill text of S 1813 (see page 1320-1324)

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  • John Doe

    Please, show me where this bill does anything to gun rights. I see that claim all over the ‘net, but it ain’t so. RTFB.

    Now, why are IRS and passport issues being hidden in a highway bill? That’s just wrong. But it’s politics as usual – “We got to pass the bill to know what’s in it.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-K-Winters/100000836504492 John K. Winters

    The linked article is the exact same as this, no additional information.  The damn bill is 1670 pages long.  Even following your shortcut to pages 1320-1328 I don’t see where they’re taking my guns.  (Of course the only way they get mine are out of my cold dead hands anyway.)  The damn governments scary enough, lets not create false boogey men. 

  • Cobrawing

    I must say, I’m a bit confused as well.   Where specifically in this bill (page please) does it take away our firearms?   Frankly, if this keeps corrupt greedy companies from skipping out of our nation and taking our American created job industries with them, then I’m actually FOR this measure!   I pay my taxes and I’m sure most hard working Americans do as well.   If this is a bill designed to go after the fat cats that aren’t then again I’m all in favor of going after them and not allowing them to skip out on their obligation!

  • http://www.facebook.com/maddmannmatt Matthew Taylor

    Agreed with the three below.  I combed thru the bill and did a search in the PDF of the text and the only instance of “firearm” in it had nothing to do with taking your gun.  HOWEVER:  remember that if you are changed with a felony, your gun rights may be taken away.  So this is a possibility.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YH2XWAKHRKLRCRYXFHQ2SKAFXI Dave

    The govt freaks can make as many bs laws as they want it just means more to defy. Who does this govt think they are anyway? We are not owned by them.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YH2XWAKHRKLRCRYXFHQ2SKAFXI Dave

    The govt freaks can make as many bs laws as they want it just means more to defy. Who does this govt think they are anyway? We are not owned by them.

  • Jerry

    I also do not see anything in the Bill regarding the purpoted $50,000 to IRS and revoking passports, etc.  Is this just more B.S. or is it real?  If it is real – WHERE EXACTLY IS IT?  It sure is not where the writer says it is!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dave-Perkins/1302996129 Dave Perkins

    Having read the (long) text of this bill, it never mentions guns and neither does the Economist article cited and linked. This is not helpful in a true protection of gun rights, we need to quit jumping to conclusions based on sketchy facts.

  • NotTwoShure

    This is a very simple issue. If it is as long as stated all
    they have to do is pass the bill to find out what is in it? Wow, folks that is
    the way the big bills are done, it is the new ObamaNation Wave.

  • CuriousToKnow

    My understanding is that it does not specifically mention guns or firearms. It is the consequences of a revoked passport. Supposedly the IRS can “accuse” an individual of being behind on taxes. This will not require any proof or audit, just an accusation. Upon accusation, the IRS will be able to revoke your passport. Once a passport is revoked, you are automatically added to the no-fly list which makes you ineligible to posses a firearm. I do not know if any of this is accurate but if it is, it is a very sneaky and dangerous level of authority for any agency to have. I would be curious to hear from any of you legal-minded patriots that may know the real info. NRA says this is all bogus but they threw Uncle Ted under the bus so I’m not sure who to trust anyhow.