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Posted: 3/13/2005 6:32:22 PM EST
Child Protection and Home Safety Act of 2005 (Introduced in House)

HR 947 IH


1st Session

H. R. 947
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for a nonrefundable tax credit against income tax for individuals who purchase a residential safe storage device for the safe storage of firearms.


February 17, 2005
Mr. LEWIS of Kentucky (for himself, Mr. CARDOZA, Mr. BISHOP of Utah, Mr. ETHERIDGE, Mr. LAHOOD, Mr. BUTTERFIELD, and Mr. BARTLETT of Maryland) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means


To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for a nonrefundable tax credit against income tax for individuals who purchase a residential safe storage device for the safe storage of firearms.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


This Act may be cited as the `Child Protection and Home Safety Act of 2005'.


(a) In General- Subpart A of part IV of subchapter A of chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (relating to nonrefundable personal credits) is amended by inserting after section 25B the following new section:


`(a) Allowance of Credit- In the case of an individual, there shall be allowed as a credit against the tax imposed by this chapter for the taxable year an amount equal to 25 percent of the amount paid or incurred by the taxpayer during such taxable year for the purchase of a qualified residential gun safe.

`(b) Limitations-

`(1) MAXIMUM CREDIT- The credit allowed under subsection (a) with respect to any qualified residential gun safe shall not exceed $250.

`(2) CARRYFORWARD OF UNUSED CREDIT- If the credit allowable under subsection (a) for any taxable year exceeds the limitation imposed by section 26(a) for such taxable year reduced by the sum of the credits allowable under this subpart (other than this section and section 23), such excess shall be carried to the succeeding taxable year and added to the credit allowable under subsection (a) for such taxable year. No credit may be carried forward under this subsection to any taxable year following the third taxable year after the taxable year in which the purchase or purchases are made. For purposes of the preceding sentence, credits shall be treated as used on a first-in first-out basis.

`(c) Qualified Residential Gun Safe- For purposes of this section, the term `qualified residential gun safe' means a container not intended for the display of firearms which is specifically designed to store or safeguard firearms from unauthorized access and which meets a performance standard for an adequate security level established by objective testing.

`(d) Special Rules-

`(1) DENIAL OF DOUBLE BENEFIT- No deduction shall be allowed under this chapter with respect to any expense which is taken into account in determining the credit under this section.

`(2) MARRIED COUPLES MUST FILE JOINT RETURN- If the taxpayer is married at the close of the taxable year, the credit shall be allowed under subsection (a) only if the taxpayer and taxpayer's spouse file a joint return for the taxable year.

`(3) MARITAL STATUS- Marital status shall be determined in accordance with section 7703.

`(e) Election to Have Credit not Apply- A taxpayer may elect to have this section not apply for any taxable year.

`(f) Regulations- The Secretary shall prescribe such regulations as may be necessary to ensure that residential gun safes qualifying for the credit meet design and performance standards sufficient to ensure the provisions of this section are carried out.

`(g) Statutory Construction; Evidence; Use of Information-

`(1) STATUTORY CONSTRUCTION- Nothing in this section shall be construed--

`(A) as creating a cause of action against any firearms dealer or any other person for any civil liability, or

`(B) as establishing any standard of care.

`(2) EVIDENCE- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, evidence regarding the use or nonuse by a taxpayer of the tax credit under this section shall not be admissible as evidence in any proceeding of any court, agency, board, or other entity for the purposes of establishing liability based on a civil action brought on any theory for harm caused by a product or by negligence, or for purposes of drawing an inference that the taxpayer owns a firearm .

`(3) USE OF INFORMATION- No database identifying gun owners may be created using information from tax returns on which the credit under this section is claimed.'.

(b) Conforming Amendment- Section 6501(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by inserting `25C(e),' before `30(d)(4),'.

(c) Clerical Amendment- The table of sections for subpart A of part IV of subchapter A of chapter I of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 25B the following new item:

`Sec. 25C. Purchase of residential gun safes.'.

(d) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2004.

Link Posted: 3/13/2005 6:36:21 PM EST
Im sick of this shit. Lets make the tax code even more complicated!!!!

Gut the whole fucking tax code and give people 2 tax deductions. Health care costs and home mortage.

For the record, I would qualify for that tax break and wouldnt mind knocking off another $800 this year. It will be my first year of itemizing.
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 6:38:27 PM EST
What guns? I don't have any guns. All mine were lost in tragic boating accident.

I think people should be responsible for thier property, but I'm not so sure I want the guberment to know how many safes I own.

Just my 2c.
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 6:42:21 PM EST
What are guns and why would you need a safe for them?
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 6:44:47 PM EST
I lost my firearms in a boating accident a week after I bought the safe.
Link Posted: 3/13/2005 6:47:49 PM EST
For all of you people out there that don't belive in the long form, I'm a traviling sales rep. It cost me about $30,000 a year just to work. I would however love to know how John Kerry got his tax rate into the 7.5 % range!
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